The match played earlier this Friday 18th August 2017 at the Salamatou Maiga Multipurpose Sports complex in Bamako Mali is the first game of the 9-day competition.The opening match played before the official launch of the 2017 Women AfroBasket portrays Senegal as one of the favourites in the competition.Just to recall is the fact that, the Senegalese female basket team is the defending champions of the tournament and eleventh time title holders of this prestigious trophy.Senegal will be looking forward to improve on their performance as they scheduled to face a rather young and dynamic team, Mozambique this Saturday 19th August 2017. Drawn in Group B alongside Nigeria, Egypt, Guinea  and CAR ,Senegal aims to secure one of the two tickets reserved for African countries at the 2018 Women\'s Basketball World Cup in Spain. Senegalese Coach, Moustapha Gaye on his part is confident they will not let the history of perfection  fail as they are the current cup holders and the most celebrated team in the continent.Other matches to be fielded this Friday 18th August 2017 are; Mali vs Tunisia, Angola vs.      Cameroon,Ivory Coast vs Central African Republic.Nyibeche Dero Momoh (Journalist on internship)