04 December 2015

Quarter-Finals Preview/Eight teams look for Semi-Finals spot at Africa Champions Cup Women 2015

On Friday, Ferroviário de Maputo will face off Nigerian side Dolphins; INJS Basketball will take on First Bank, Asb Radi will do battle with, Interclube, reigning champions and INSS will square off Primeiro de Agosto.
Ferroviário de Maputo closed their group phase on Wednesday with a 63-60 loss against First Bank, one of the toughest title contenders; while Dolphins were upset 81- 60 by Primeiro de Agosto.
However, this will be one of the much fought games of the tournament as the two teams will enter court with a 4-1 mark.
Now that Nigeria’s Helen Ogunjimi is qualified for the tournament, have one asset more to go further in this event as the core of their team is made of talented players including, Ana Suzana Jaime, Odelia Mafanela, Ndidi Madu and veteran Rute Muianga.
Couple of hours later, INJS will clash First Bank for their first ever Semi-Final berth. The Cameroonians who finish third in group A will have a tough task as Coach Peter Ahmedu and his girls are confident that they can win it all this year.
For this purpose the club signs high level players including Joyce Ekworomadu, Senegal’s Ramata Daou and Aya Traore, the MVP of AfroBasket Women 2015.
But Ahmedu is aware that there are still much of rooms to improve as he offered after their group phase’s last game.
The most important is that we are qualified for Quarter-Finals. But we still have some adjustments to make. And no matter who will stand our way, we will challenge them,” Ahmedu said to Fiba.com.
In the third Quarter-Finals’ game, the reigning Champions and African powerhouse, Interclube will meet the Congolese side Asb Radi.
The Angolan advanced to Quarter-Finals with 4-1 mark. Although they lost to Ferroviário de Maputo, nothing has changed in the plans of Nadir Manuel and her teammates. Winning a fifth continental title is the lone target in this event.
The last Quarter-Finals will see INSS of DR Congo taking off star studded Primeiro de Agosto.
D’Agosto who clinched five win in as so many games is clearly the most talented team of the tournament. The group is made of 9 players who featured with Angola’s national team at AfroBasket Women 2015, in addition to Mozambique’s Leia Dongue.
The Angolan military clubs also have in their roster Maimouna Diarra, who helped Senegal clinched their twelfth AfroBasket Women title couple of months ago.

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