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December 2022
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Costa do Sol, Ferroviario and Interclube start Champions Cup on high note


MAPUTO (Mozambique) - Costa do Sol closed out the opening night of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women with a 69-51 victory over Democratic Republic of Congo club CNSS at the Pavilhao da Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo on Friday.

Forward Ingvild Mucauro's 15 points, Nilza Chiziane (14) and Eleuteria Lhavanguane (13) helped their team to victory in the Group A encounter.

The Congolese club dominated the first quarter with shooting guard Marlene Ngobeleza finishing with 3/6 shooting from behind the arc and ended the quarter with nine points, as her team led 22-14.

A nine-point second-quarter run saw Costa do Sol fight their way back and regained the lead (23-22), which they had early in the first quarter.

Deborah Miyamona (15) and Marlene Ngobeleza (14) contribution would not be good enough in the end.

The team in yellow would add 13 more points, and their solid defence allowed CNSS two buckets. Costa do Sol went into the second half with the 36-26 lead.

Costa do Sol would not relinquish their lead in the last two quarters and coasted home with the 18-point victory.

"I am happy with this win. I think it's the first time we are participating in these championships, and this would be our first win, so I am happy. When we struggled with scoring we were solid in defence, so that made the difference for us," said Mucauro.

"Tomorrow (Saturday), we expect a hard game. They (Inter Clube) are a quality team, so we will rest tonight and in the process we will figure how to beat them."

Angola's Interclube ran riot against Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) 70-46 in Group A's opener.

A team-high 18-points from captain Italee Lucas helped Interclube to an opening-day victory.

The Angolan champions had three other players score in double digits. Cristina Matiquite scored 14 points, while Cacia Antonio (12) and Alexis Tolefree (10) also came to the party.

"It's the first game in the championship. We struggled at the start, which was natural, but we got comfortable and became more aggressive in the game. I think KPA battled because they were not ready for the level of physicality that we brought," said Inter Clube coach Julian Martinez.

For the KPA, Ifunaya Okoro dropped a game-high 20 points in her team's losing effort. The Kenyan team will have a bye on Saturday, while Inter will take on home club Costa do Sol.

Martinez is looking forward to the duel against his former club and feels he will have better knowledge of their opponents after they play their game against the Democratic Republic of Congo based-club CNSS.

"We will see what they can do tonight (Friday). I know the team well, as I have coached a lot of their players. It's a group game, so it's not that serious, but it will be interesting," said Martinez.

The second game of the day saw home club Ferroviario De Maputo steamroll past Rwanda's APR 78-47 in their Group B opener.

Four players from the Mozambican club scored in double figures. Odella Mafanela top-scored for her team with 16 points, while Shelsey Shumpert contributed 13 points. Silvia Veloso and Rosa Cossa scored 10 points each as the Maputo-based club marched to a 31-point victory.

APR's Marie Imanizabayo led the scoring in the game with 21 points.