Mozambique to take a shot at basketball's best
The Mozambique women’s basketball team might be the lowest-ranked team in their pool, but they’re ready to show the world what they’re made of.
With Australia, Canada and England also in Pool A of the women’s competition in Townsville, Mozambique have challenging pool matches ahead of them, starting Friday 6 April.
Power forward Ingvild Mucauro isn’t afraid of the tough competition, in fact she’s excited about being able to show what they’re capable of against some of the best.
“For us, we are very proud to be here,” Mucauro said.
“We will have encouraging games because they are very strong and we want to learn as much as we can. We want to show what we are capable of, even though we are very low compared to them.”
Mozambique will play their opening match against Australia, who will have the support of a home crowd behind them at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.
But again, Mucauro isn’t fazed.
“We know Australia is a big team and they are playing at home, so they might have an advantage against us and we are going to do everything we can,” she said.
The Mozambique side is a young team, with many of the senior players of previous years now retired.
Looking forward to the future, Mucauro is excited about how the Games could shape the future of the team.
"I think it is good to be here because in Africa there are not a lot of competitions like this, so it is good for us to learn,” she said.
"I is good for the younger players to have this kind of experience in basketball. If we go against African teams (in the future) we will be more prepared than the other teams will."
Coach Marta Monjane Simango is confident the team can hold their own against some of the bigger nations.
“I am really happy with the team,” Monjane Simango said.
“We haven’t been practising for too long, but the team is gelling. Right now they are in the perfect spot, so let’s see once they start playing.”
While Mozambique are one of the underestimated teams of the competition, the underdog status could work in their advantage.
“We are going to compete, trust me we are going to compete,” Monjane Simango said.
“They are hard players, hard workers so it’s going to be good for us.”
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