26 October 2007

MOZAMBIQUE : Ferroviario beat Arc-En-Ciel 62-50

MAPUTO (13th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women) - Host of the final round of the 13th edition of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women, Ferroviario Wednesday defeated Democratic Republic of Congo Arc-En-Ciel by 62-50 in a tension soaked match.

The Mozambican who were already through to the quarter-finals put in everything into the game so as to avoid a slip to the third position in group-A.

The Congolese took the first two quarters (19-18 and 12-09) but failed to build on the achievement thus allowing the Maputo-based team to subdue them in the remaining two quarters 13-08 and 22-11.

Mozambican international forward, Deolinda Gimo had a great game scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 block-shot while Stephanie Faukner added 13 points to complete the beating of the Congolese whose players, Rukonishi Kamin and Irene Nyama scored 16 and 12 points respectively.

First Bank surrender to Agosto
Hope of Nigeria First Bank basketball club of turning the table in group-B was dashed by defending champion Primero Agosto Wednesday after a first half lead of 31-28 points.

The Nigeria champion, took the first quarter 17-13 but gave up the remaining three quarters 15-14, 16-08 and 14-11 points for a final scores of 58-50 points as they needed to win the match by 10 points to come top of the group.

Agosto Nacitela Mauricio led the floor with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 8 steals and 3 assists to save her side from defeat First Bank duo of Ezinne James and Bintu Bhadmus 12 points each was not enough to stop the rampaging Angolan from running away with victory.

Dolphins forfeit game, fined
Nigeria Dolphins basketball club was Wednesday walked-over by Djoliba basketball club of Mali in the final round of the 13th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women.

The forfeiture became inevitable after all the participating teams were fully informed of the penalty of not having an accompanying referee or risk being fined which dolphins fails to comply with.

Dolphins failure to pay the mandatory $2,000 fine for a second offender before the stipulated 15 minutes allowed for a game to start against Djoliba of Mali cost the team the heavy harmer.

FIBA license referee, Ado Ahmado was the referee nominated by FIBA Africa to accompany the modest Nigerian side to the competition.

First Bank handed tough Q/final pairing
After finishing third in group-B Nigeria's First Bank basketball club will keep a date with host Ferroviario basketball club of Mozambique Friday in one the quarter-finals games at the Maxaquene gymnasium, Maputo at 18.00 hours local time.

First Bank Chief Coach, Adewumi Aderemi who rue his side 58-50 points lose to defending champion, Primero Agosto Wednesday which pitched them against the host who were second from group-A.

The Nigerian coach says playing against the host at this stage will be tough but he is optimistic his players will be at their best come Friday.
Aderemi who is assistant coach of the Nigeria senior female national team says beating Ferroviario is a task that must be accomplished.

According to the soft spoken coach, Ferroviario cannot stand on our way because our target is to be in the finals and we are focus.

As part of his strategy of getting the better of the massively supported Mozambique team, the coach is giving Thursday as off day for his players for them to rest their limbs for the crucial match Friday.

Desportivo set to devour KPA
Desportivo basketball club of Mozambique could be regarded as the luckiest of all the quarter finalist as it is presented with a weak opponent in Kenya Ports Authority who book a last minute ticket to the last eight.

Desportivo who top group-A with maximum points will take on the Kenyan in Friday quarter-finals game at 14.00 hours.

The duo of Salimata Diatta and Anta Sy says the Kenyan will be treated like any other teams they've played against in the competition.

The Kenyan cannot be treated with kid glove, because for them to get to this stage means they have something to offer, don't forget that they defeated a team to get this far and any attempt to underrate any team at this stage could spell doom, the two Senegalese import chorused.

The group-A leader will be banking on the experience and defensive play of Sy who act as the heart of her team with support from Diatta, Nadia Rodrigues and the rest of the team.

Samuel Wanjobi and Anthony Ojukwu must instruct their players not to allow the break down of their defense so as to curtain the forays of the Desportivo side who have the ability to run down any side that let her guide loose.

ABC test for Primero
Defending champion, Primero Agosto of Angola will take to the floor against Abidjan Basket Club.

Agosto who top group-B without dropping a game face the challenge of the Ivorian who finish fourth in group-A
Fans who have tipped the Angolan to reach the finals says ABC would not prove any difficulty to the defending champion whom they claim are in a world of their own.

The Angolan side have remain consistent so far with rich technical bench anchored by head coach of the Angolan women national Anibal Moreira and great players to rattle the coach Benga Lemore and his ABC side.

The match fixed for the Maxaquene gymnasium, Maputo is billed to commence at 16.00 hours.

Djoliba declare war on ISPU
After getting off to a slow start in the final round of the 13th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women, Djoliba basketball club of Mali is gradually becoming a force to reckon with making people to predict that it quarter-final pairing against Instituto Superior Politechnica (I.S.P.U) Friday will be an interesting game.

Djoliba who finished third in group-A from three wins and two loses to Mozambican sides, Desportivo and Ferroviario, may have declared total war on their opponent as they will not want to lose to a third Mozambican team in the competition.

Powered by stocky forward, Aminata Sinita on whose shoulder the fate of the Bamako-based team rested must be alive to her responsibility if her team must make progress.

Dolphins/Lupopo lock horn in classification game
The hope of Dolphins of Nigeria and Lupopo of Democratic Republic of Congo of wining a game at the 13th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women may not be too far as both sides engage each other in a classification game Friday.

Just as there is no room for a draw in basketball match one of these two teams must have its name on the winner scorer sheet at the end of forty minutes.

Dolphins who appear the better of the two sides might just pick this one after finishing at the rear in group-A while Lupopo also round off her group-B matches at the bottom.

By Olusegun Ikuesan

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