Sports problems seem to be accompanying national sport, with very few exceptions. After the ‘Mambas without Veneno’, it was the turn of the senior national maculine basketball team to ‘get ready for theirs’. A participation without pale and shameful. But, as we said two weeks ago, when the ‘Mambas without poison’ broke out, the responsibility is for all of us.
This week, we give a brief review of the performance of the senior men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The African Basketball Championship, is the most important tournament on the continent that started in 1962. This championship is organized by FIBA Africa every two years, qualifies for the Olympic Games and for the World Basketball Championship. The first event took place in the city of Cairo from 24 to 30 March 1962, where 5 teams participated. The victory was achieved by the United Arab Republic (made up of Egypt and Syria).
In terms of the national teams, the male team has not managed to impose itself on the continent, despite a regular participation in the tour of African clubs. In contrast, the women’s team is a world reference, matching the best teams on the continent, such as Nigeria, Senegal, Angola, Mali and Ivory Coast. The best performance of the male team occurred in 2003 in Cairo, when it was in 10th place. The women’s team was a finalist twice won in 2003 and 2013) and reached 3rd place in 1986 and 2005.
Mozambique’s first participation in the African national team championship took place in 1980, in Luanda (Angola), having positioned itself in fourth place. The best result achieved by Mozambique was at the XIth edition of the Afrobasket for Women, held at the Maxaquene Pavilion, from 18 to 23 December 1986, in an event attended by about 10 countries. The Esperança Sambo, Cláudia Simbine and Aurélia Manave trio had an excellent performance, which contributed to reaching second place in the event.
In this period (1980s) the women’s basketball team was coached by the duo Amândio Delelande and Manuel Dias, the squad consisting of, among others, Francisca Sales (Captain), Ana Paula Reis, Joaquina Baloi, LuisaLanga, Ilda Mbeve, Cláudia Simbine, Telma Manjate, Isália Manjate, Elisa Santos, FáuziaGandá and Aurélia Manave. The male team, in turn, was coached by coaches Adriano Saraiva and Hélder Nhandamo, with the team consisting, among others, of Aníbal Manave (Captain), João Chirindza, Caetano Fernandes, José Moiane, Amade Mogne, Cláudino Dias, Zaqueu Saranga, Horácio Martins and João Nhaúle). In those years, the performance of the senior women’s team is equated to colossuses such as Senegal, DR Congo (formerly Zaire), Côte d’Ivoire and Angola.
After the 1986 victory, basketball in Mozambique enters a deep crisis, with the national teams having no positive results in the African national team championships. This streak of bad luck is overcome in 1993, when the national teampositive results in the games held in Dakar-Senegal, having occupied the 3rd place, which earned him the bronze medal.
ANDn 2003 (from 18 to 29 December) at Afrobasket in Maputo – Mozambique, the national women’s team wins the silver medal, in a game played against Nigeria by 69-63. The victory achieved guaranteed the participation of Mozambique in the Athens Olympic Games in.
The country would again achieve satisfactory results in 2005 (21 to 28 December), in the Championship held in Abuja – Nigeria, with the selection reaching the 3rd place that entitles the bronze medal.
Eight years later, from the 20th to the 29th of September 2013, the 23rd edition of the African national teams Championship took place at the Maxaquene pavilion. The teams from Mozambique, Mali, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunisia participated in this tournament. Mozambique reached second place, which guaranteed qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Turkey.
During the undial, the team played three games without achieving any victory, but they surpassed the average points scored by an African team in a world championship. In this game, athlete Leia Dongue stood out for the three doubles