Tokyo 2020: Mozambique dreams of taking 25 athletes to the Olympic Games
Picture: A Verdade
Mozambique’s “Samurais” beat Kenya last Saturday (August 10) at the start of the Fiba Afro-basket Women’s 2019 Championship in Dakar, Senegal, where Mozambique’s goal is to win the competition for the first time.
Focused on their goal of snatching the unprecedented African title, our national team did not give the Kenyans the slightest chance, putting 13 points on the scoreboard before their opponents got off the mark. With Tamara Seda in charge, the “Samurais” won the 1st period by 18-11 points.
In the following period Kenya tried to respond, reducing their disadvantage to 5 points, but our national team again stepped up the pace and went to the interval ahead by 32 points to 20.
Mozambique came back in full force in the third period, opening the lead to 13 points. The Kenyans fought back but ended the third period 41-28 down.
In the last period the “Samurais”, who had not played any training games before the Championship, took the opportunity to train and gain rapport by managing the match all the way to a 55-39 point victory.
Tamara Seda with 15 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and three intercepts stood out among the Mozambicans. Elveteria Lharanguane hit 10 and Lela Dongue added 9. Delma Zita also stood out with eight assists.
After coming 4th in Mali in 2017, if the Samurais win against Cape Verde on Tuesday (August 13), they will qualify directly for the quarter-finals as Group D Runner-up and will wait for the results of the “eighth”.
Debut de @DongueLeia con 9 puntos y 7 rebotes en 22 minutos para la victoria de Mozambique ?? sobre Kenia (55-39).
Mañana Segundo ante Cabo Verde!
— CD Promete (@CDPromete) August 12, 2019
— WSU Ewa Laskowska (@CoachEwa) August 11, 2019
?? Nigeria, ?? Mozambique, ?? Mali and ?? Senegal won their opening matches at the 2019 Afrobasket Women’s Championship currently underway in Senegal
— Girlsinlovewithsports.com.gh (@Girlsinlovewit1) August 12, 2019
Source: A Verdade / FIBA
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