LUANDA (FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women 2017) - Zone 5 champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) commence their journey at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women 2017 against Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto in the first Group B tie on Sunday at the Kilamba Arena.
"We know that they are playing at home so we have to be very focused because it is going to be a very difficult game. They finished second in their zone so they are strong," Natalie Akinyi said.
The Mombasa based side will be relying on Zone 5 MVP Natalie Akinyi who is also captain as well as Selina Okumu and Brigid Nyongesa who will have to stop Agosto's dependable forward Leia Dongue from Mozambique.
Dongue, whose prowess in the paint is undisputed both on offense and defense, will have a big say on the result of the game and her coach Jaime Corvilha expects nothing less.
Corvilha told FIBA.basketball exclusively that, "This is going to be a very difficult tournament because there are about four teams in title contention so we have to take every game very seriously. We have done some research about KPA and shall be ready for the game."
KPA captain Natalie Akinyi admitted that, "We know that they are playing at home so we have to be very focused because it is going to be a very difficult game. They finished second in their zone so they are strong."
Meanwhile, Ferroviario de Maputo will take on Darling Club Motema Pembe (DCMP) in their opening Group B tie with both sides looking to tip off their campaign on a strong note.
Inak Garcia's side is fresh from winning the Zone 6 Qualifiers but the Mozambican champions know that more than form will decide their fate at this level.
Equity Bank Hawks of Kenya will take on Algeria's GS Petroliers in their second Group A tie with both sides eyeing their first win at the tournament while AS Vita from Democratic Republic of Congo will be looking to start on a good note when they take on the reigning champions Inter Clube of Angola.