GABORONE (FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017) – Angolan giants Recretivo do Libolo saw off Ferroviario de Maputo from Mozambique 86-52 to make it four straight wins at the ongoing FIBA Africa Zone 6 Qualifiers in the Botswana capital city of Gaborone.
Speaking to FIBA.basketball, Libolo’s Jekel Foster said, “We started the game on a slow note but after a while we started playing defense because for our team, defense is the key and then we started to play better.”
“We go into every game humble. We do not look past any opponents no matter what the outside think of us. It is good to be expected to play well and we take it as a compliment but we are a humble team,” Forster explained.
Meanwhile, Ferroviario de Maputo’s Baggio Chimonzo was left ruing his side’s loss to the Angolans who dominated the second half of the game.
Chimonzo emphasized that, “We started very well but our opponents are very tough. They put a lot of hard work. We tried our best but it did not work out.”
InterClube of Angola made light work of home side Dolphins 108-48 while Ferroviario de Beira despite a late charge from Harare City Hornets won 86-71 to stay on course with challenging for the title.
Recretivo do Libolo sit atop the table standings with eight points while Ferroviario de Beira are in second place with seven points from four games. InterClube, who have played a game less, sit in third place with six points.
With the loss to Libolo, Ferroviario de Maputo are out of the title race and are tied on five points with Dolphins and Harare City Hornets but separated by goal difference in that order.
Troopers of Botswana sit in seventh place with four points having won no game so far at the regional tournament.