The South African women’s wheelchair basketball team put in their best showing of the week, but will rue a host of missed scoring chances, as they went down 38-34 to Nigeria at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s African Qualifiers in Algiers, Algeria, on Thursday.
Having gone into the match after a convincing win over Morocco on Tuesday, the Sasol Amawheelagirls played well to share the first quarter eight-all, but then several points scoring opportunities went astray as they found themselves 16-14 down at halftime and 27-22 behind at the three-quarter mark.
Kelebogile Moeng and Misqah Kamaldien led the way in putting in the hard work, but victory was a bridge too far. The South Africans’ likely semi-final opponents will be the very same Nigerian side, with winless Morocco set to take on unbeaten Algeria.
The semi-finals will take place on Friday.
‘The Amawheelagirls have shown great improvement throughout the week, but they need much more international exposure to become a big time wheelchair basketball playing nation on the continent,’ said coach Franck Belen, who assisted the Amawheelagirls, aside from his duties as coach of the Amawheelaboys.
In the picture, SA player Misqah Kamaldien and Nigeria opponent Kemi Oluwasegun in action on Thursday. Photo by Abbey Sebetha/Bakonepix