CAIRO (FIBA U16 Women’s African Championship 2017) – Egypt coach Mohamed Hamed is keen on breaking their title jinx at the upcoming FIBA Women’s African Championship set to be held in Mozambique from August 5-12.
“The main goal is to win each match separately and improve the image of Egypt after receiving the status at the previous tournament for me, however, for the players we have set one goal which is winning the African Championship.” - Hamed
In charge of yet another emerging crop of young Egyptian teenagers, Hamed knows that it will take more than words to actually dethrone the West African giants.
The return of the continental competition to Mozambique where it took place in 2013 will bring back memories for Hamed who was assistant coach back then but whether he will achieve or even better that performance will depend on their commitment to the objective.
Egypt captain Nada Yasser has emphasized that winning the title in Mozambique could be a career-changing moment for her and her teammates as the top two teams will represent Africa at the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Minsk, Belarus.
“This is extremely important for us and it will make us play with our full power and fight till the end. We are well prepared concentrating, as our goal is to win the African championship. We are focusing on ourselves and working on Mali's weak points to achieve our goal,” Yasser said.
Angola, Egypt, Mali, Mozambique and debutants Zimbabwe are the countries which will compete at this year's biennial event.
“The main goal is to win each match separately and improve the image of Egypt after receiving the status of late this previous tournament for me, however, for the players we have set one goal which is winning the African Championship,” said Hamed.
Mali are the record champions of the FIBA U16 Women's African Championship after winning every edition since the inception of the tournament in 2009 and have amassed four titles.