Meanwhile, Ivory Coast opened up a seven point advantage at the break 36-29 against a Senegal side, who were unable to come back and break their run of losing in their previous three AfroBasket semi-finals.

The Lions did win the third quarter 19-17 to reduce the deficit to five but Ivory Coast then won the final quarter by five points to secure a place in their first AfroBasket final since 2009.

Four Ivory Coast players – Matt Costello, Vanessa Fofana, Nisre Mimi Zouzoua and Souleyman Diabate finished with double figure points hauls for the two-times AfroBasket champions.

Senegal are set to face Cape Verde in the third place match tomorrow, before Tunisia aim to become the first team since Angola in 2009 to defend the AfroBasket title, when they take on Ivory Coast in the final.