Basketball: Ferroviario de Maputo retains African Women Championship Cup

Mozambican side Ferroviario de Maputo has retained their FIBA Africa Women’s Champions Cup after defeating Inter Clube from Angola 91-90 in Saturday’s Final in Cairo.

Odelia Mafanela and DTigress shooting guard Sarah Ogoke scored 22 points and picked seven rebounds apiece to inspire the back-to-back champions in front of a fully packed Cairo Indoor Stadium.

On the other side, point guard Italee Lucas scored 31 points, picked nine rebounds and made eight assists but her efforts were not enough to avoid a second consecutive loss to the same team in the Final.

Earlier in the day, Egyptian champions Al Ahly secured the last spot on the podium after making light work of fellow country-mates Sporting Alexandria 88-65 in the Third Place game.

Invigld Mucauro of Maputo was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, headlining the All-Star Five, where she was joined by Kelsey Mitchell (Al Ahly), Astou Traore (Inter Clube), her teammate Odelia Mafanela (Ferroviario de Maputo) and Shawnta Dyer (Sporting Alexandria).

Schaquilla Nunn from Al Ahly was awarded as the Best Rebounder with 87 rebounds to her name while Mitchell clinched the best three-point shooter with 28 in the entire tournament also walking away with the Highest Scorer of the Tournament with 173 points.

CNSS from Democratic Republic of Congo was handed the Fair Play Award.

Final standings of the FIBA Africa Women’s Champions Cup 2019:

1. Ferroviario de Maputo (Mozambique)

2. Inter Clube (Angola)

3. Al Ahly (Egypt)

4. Sporting Alexandria (Egypt)

5. CNSS (Democratic Republic of Congo)

6. FAP (Cameroon)

7. MFM (Nigeria)

8. Energie (Benin)

By: Hanifat Mustapha

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