MAPUTO (FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016) - Ferroviario de Maputo, the hosts of the upcoming FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women (ACCW) 2016, beat city rivals Universidade A Politecnica 56-35 last Saturday to win the Maputo Super Cup in a game that marked the opening of the 2016-17 season.
Ferroviario's 28-21 half-time lead indicated how difficult the game was. However, they saved their best for last and the differences between both sides were revealed, particularly with Mozambican internationals Anabela Cossa, Elisabeth Pereira and Ana Jaime leading the way to start the season on a positive note.
More important than winning the contest, Ferroviario's head coach Leonel Manhique was keen to see the integration of new recruits Pereira - a shooting guard who last played for Costa do Sol - as well as the progress of Dionilde Cuambe, a power forward who joined Ferroviario from A Politecnica.
But Manhique also had an opportunity to test the American duo of Rachel Alana Mitchel and Brea Edwards. The pair joined the team last week and last played for the Texas A&M University and Middle Tennessee State University, respectively.
While Mitchel proved to be an excellent power forward, capturing rebounds, Edwards showed herself to be a quality small forward.
The next competition for Ferroviario before the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016 gets underway will be the Maputo Cup, which starts on Saturday 12 November.