MAPUTO (FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016) - If there is something that hosts of the upcoming FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women (ACCW) 2016 Ferroviario de Maputo are certain of is that the tournament has to be a success for the Mozambican champions.
A quick look at Ferroviario de Maputo's preliminary roster (see below), it becomes clear that the bronze medallists of the ACCW 2015 have the pieces to cause some damage in the Mozambican capital when the best 12 African clubs descend to the coastal city of Maputo from 25 November to 4 December.
And when Americans Rachel Alana Mitchel and Brea Edwards were introduced to the media last week, the club's chairman Sancho Junior explained that "the objective is to improve from last year and win the tournament here in Maputo."
Francisco Mabjaia, the President of Mozambican Basketball Federation, followed suit, adding: "We want the (ACCW) trophy to stay in Maputo on 4 December."
So far nine African clubs have qualified, while two more teams from FIBA Africa Zone 4 will qualify from this week’s qualifier in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
Meanwhile, Senegalese side Dakar Universite Club have withdrawn from the tournament.
List of the teams qualified for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016 as of 17 November 2016: Inter Clube de Luanda (Angola), Ferroviario de Maputo (Mozambique), Primeiro D’Agosto (Angola), GS Petroliers (Algeria), KPA (Kenya), First Bank (Nigeria), USIU Flames (Kenya), Etoile Filante (Togo), and MB2ALL (Madagascar).