After an opening loss to Canada, Team England’s Women will face off against Mozambique on Sunday in search of an important first win. With only 3 games in the pool stage, Coach Buceta knows what his team needs to do tomorrow to get their tournament heading in the right direct.
“The effort from all the players has been really good so far,” said Buceta. “It’s very important that we get this win. We’ve scouted them well and have identified what we need to do to make that happen.”
Mozambique was soundly beaten in their opener by #1 seeds Australia as the Commonwealth hosts cruised to a resounding 113-53 victory. Forward Deolinda Gimo had the best of it for the African side in the loss, finishing with a team high 18 points to go with three rebounds and two assists. Guard Ingvild Mucauro flirted with a double-double before ending the game with 10 points and 9 boards. Both play domestically within Mozambique for CFM Ferroviaro Maputo.
As the lowest seeds within Pool A, Mozambique have been handed a tough draw against some of the strongest sides at this year’s Games. Despite being up against it, the #26 team in the FIBA rankings are far from overawed, “I am really happy with the team,” Head Coach Marta Monjane Simango told African website VON. “We are going to compete; trust me we are going to compete. They are hard players, hard workers so it’s going to be good for us.”
Due to the format of the tournament, the sides finishing 3rd and 4th in Pool A are still able to reach the Semi-Finals providing they can win a one-off qualifying game against one of the top two sides in Pool B. With Canada and Australia both looking strong so far in Pool A, this game could be key in deciding who Team England face once the pool stage is over.
Date: Sunday 8 April
Stage: Pool A – Group Play
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