Cape Verde Senior National Women’s Basketball Team will battle for a place in the 2019 FIBA Women’s Africa Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) this weekend.
Cape Verde will battle Guinea on Friday, May 17 and Sunday, May 19 in its capital city Praia for the chance to compete in the biannual continental tournament.
Hosting the qualifying games according to Cape Verde Coach Antonio Moreira “means a lot for Women’s basketball” in the West African nation.
He made the statement in an interview with FIBA after opening camp earlier this week ahead of the qualifying games.
“This means a lot for women’s basketball in Cape Verde. I don’t even remember when was the last Cape Verde hosted an international competition…This also means the rebirth of our team. After our first-ever participation at FIBA U18 Women’s Africa Championship 2018, this is a special moment of our basketball program” he said.
Cape Verde aims to qualify to its first African Championship since 20013. The team placed ninth overall after recording two wins and three losses.
Five nations including Cameroon have booked their spots in the competition.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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