The Somali men's basketball team beat Kenya 81-78 in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers Tuesday (January 22nd) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The Kenyan team was favoured to win after they beat Burundi 71-63 in the opening match on Monday, but the Somali team displayed "exceptional performance", according to Somalia's Hiiraan Online.
Vice president of the Somali Basketball Federation Abdulqadir Ali Ghedi said he was very pleased with the victory. He told Universal TV that the team is comprised of players from Somalia, Australia, Canada and the United States, and that the quality of the players led to the win.
Somali players Abdi Ahmed and Fisal Jama helped their team win with Ahmed scoring 26 points, the highest in the match, and Jama scoring 20 points, Mareeg reported.
Somalia and Burundi are scheduled to face off on Wednesday to determine which team will advance to the next stage.