First Bank Basketball Club have been granted a boost ahead of their outing at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women in Maputo, Mozambique. The Nigerian Champions will have some members of the national basketball team with them in Maputo.
Five players from the record-breaking D’Tigress at the World Cup in Tenerife, Spain; Nkem Akaraiwe, Sarah Ogoke, Aisha Mohammed, Nkechi Akashili and Cecilia Okoye have been listed on the Elephant Girls’ roster.
Jasmine Nwajei who didn’t make the final roster in Spain completes the list.
Nkem Akaraiwe, Nkechi Akashili, Malaika Green, Ojoma Ewaoche, Aisha Mohamed, Ginette Mfutila, Deborah Nwakamma, Sarah Ogoke, Ifunaya Okoro, Cecilia Okoye, Mary Isuambuk, Jasmine Nwajei.
Meanwhile, First Bank have been drawn in Group B alongside MB2ALL(MAD), Lakers (ZIM), I.N.S.S (COD), Kenya Ports Authority (KEN) for the FIBA Africa Women’s Champions Cup 2018.
The draw took place on Thursday in the Mozambican capital city of Maputo. While
Group A has Ferroviario de Maputo (MOZ), FAP (CMR), InterClube (ANG), Equity Hawks (KEN), V-Club (COD).
Dolphins who also qualified from FIBA Africa Zone 3, will not be playing in the Continental Cup. A Dolphins player anonymously told ACLSports.com they couldn’t travel to Maputo due to finance.
Rather than 12 teams participating in the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women tournament, only 10 teams have been drawn into two Groups.
Primeiro D’Agosto of Angola, who won last edition earlier pulled out of the tournament.
The Preliminary Phase of the tournament which begins on Saturday 17th November will be played in a round robin format with each team taking over its opponent respectively.
The second phase will be played in a knockout format from the Quarter-Finals onwards (Semi-Finals and Final).
The 3rd Place Game and the Final will be played on the last day of the tournament (November 25).
First Bank will play their opening game against MB2ALL at 12:30pm on Saturday.