FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women: First Bank win bronze, Interclube emerge Champions

BY

MARIAH OLATUNJI

 

First Bank Basketball Club has won bronze in the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women which ended today, Sunday December 4  in Maputo, Mozambique

 Nigerian club  proved too much for last year’s ACCW champions D’Agosto  In the 3rd-Place game, winning 62-54 points.

Paced by Nkeshi Akashili, the Nigerians trailed 32-11 at the break, but they made sure to capitalise from D’Agosto‘s sloppy offense and poor defense to finish on the ACCW podium for the first time since 2011 when they finished runners-up as hosts of the tournament.

Akashili, had a team-best 14 points, national team teammate Chioma Udeaja

INTERCLUBE DE LUANDA
INTERCLUBE DE LUANDA

added 11 points and game-best 8 rebounds.

Meanwhile, InterClube de Luanda of Angola who defeated First Bank in the semi final played on Saturday outscored hosts Ferroviario de Maputo 67-49 points   to become the new continental champions.

The Angolans entered the contest on dominant mode, led by as many as 20 points, never trailed and finished the tournament with an impressive 7-0 record.

Ferroviario, on the other hand, looked helpless despite the tireless support from a majority of a sellout crowd at Pavilaho do Maxaquene in the capital Maputo. After losing to InterClube on Day 1, the hosts finished with a 5-2 mark.

While InterClube improved their status as the most successful ACCW team with five titles, Ferroviario de Maputo failed to win their first continental trophy although they improved from their 3rd-Place accomplished last year in Luanda, Angola.

Unsurprisingly, Holmes, who was one of InterClube engines, was named the tournament MVP.

She also headlined the All-Tournament team alongside teammate Lucas, Cossa, Leia Dongue (Primeiro D’Agosto) and Mireille Muganza Nyota (GS Petroliers).

ACCW debutant, the tournament revelation team GS Petroliers claimed the 5th-Place after beating Forces Armees et Police (FAP) of Cameroon 62-46, while Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) sealed a comprehensive 67-26 win over A Politecnica to finish in the 7th-Place.


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
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