|#||Name||P||Height||DOB||Place Of Birth||Club|
|30/03/1980||Luanda, Angola||Inter-Clube (ANG)|
|03/01/1993||Benguela, Angola||Inter Benguela (ANG)|
|23/02/1985||Luanda, Angola||DESPORTIVO 1. DE AGOSTO (ANG)|
|09/04/1979||Luanda, Angola||Primero de Agosto (ANG)|
|18/07/1990||Luanda, Angola||DESPORTIVO 1. DE AGOSTO (ANG)|
|-/-||20/09/1989||Luanda, Angola||DESPORTIVO 1. DE AGOSTO (ANG)|
|15/09/1985||Luanda, Angola||INTER-CLUBE (ANG)|
|24/03/1983||Benguela, Angola||INTER-CLUBE (ANG)|
|06/10/1978||Luena-Moxico, Angola||INTER-CLUBE (ANG)|
|02/06/1980||Luanda, Angola||DESPORTIVO 1. DE AGOSTO (ANG)|
|30/11/1986||Benguela, Angola||INTER-CLUBE (ANG)|
|20/05/1982||Luanda, Angola||INTER-CLUBE (ANG)|
|Min||Minutes played||Tot||Total rebounds||BS||Block Shots|
|%||Shooting percentage||PF||Personal fouls||G||Played Games|
Angolan women looking to match success of men's team
Team history :
LUANDA (Olympics) - The people of Angola simply love their basketball and this is why a nation was left distraught when the men’s team failed to live up to their top billing the FIBA Africa Championship last summer and consequently missed out gold and also automatic qualification for London.
Having lived in the shadow of the men for so long, the Angolan women’s team couldn’t have chosen a more perfect moment to help ease the pain of a heartbroken nation.
The ‘Gingas’ shocked everyone by finishing top of the podium at the FIBA Africa Championship to capture their first title and in the process, book their spot at the Olympic Games - previously a tournament only graced by the men.
It was a truly sensational result for Angola and not least because they were actually thrashed 63-42 by eventual silver medallists Senegal early in the competition.
But, showing great strength of character, they bounced back and eventually extracted revenge with a stellar and memorable 62-54 success in the Final.
The key to achieving this first glorious success was managing to shock hosts Mali and their fervent home supporters in an intense and defensively dominated semi-final.
Taking into account Mali had so often been the team to stop them in their tracks during previous tournaments, the victory gave Angola an overwhelming sense of belief that it was time to step forward and go for gold in a big way.
And so it proved. The earlier result against Senegal in the preliminary round become an irrelevance as they overpowered the defending champions to take their crown and spark scenes of celebration back home.
It also represented a magical moment for former men’s coach Anibal Moreira who landed some precious silverware after a period of six years in the hot-seat although at times he has been left frustrated by a small number of quality players at his disposal.
There are only four women’s clubs in Angola and all of them are based in the capital although despite this, the good news for women’s basketball in Angola continued as Inter Clube de Luanda won its first African Club Championship to further showcase progression and development - despite a limited talent pool.
Certainly few players have ever had the chance to compete and hone their skills elsewhere in the world at club level. However one of the few players to have managed this and someone who was most definitely the main architect of their success last year is the unmistakable Nassecela Mauricio who was named MVP of the Championship.
The power forward has spent many years playing in the second tier of Spanish basketball and the contribution of the power forward was significant in Bamako and will be so again in London.
With some decent support likely to arrive in the form of Sonia Guadalupe, Angola does possess some interesting and talented players while as a team, they will be quick, aggressive and won’t back down against anybody.
Worryingly they do lack depth and particularly in the frontcourt which is a concern and Coach Moreira is continuing to scour the globe in an attempt to bolster his roster by adding some options in the paint.
As the only team from Africa guaranteed to be at the Olympic Games, the first-timers could be representing an entire continent and while they are likely to find it tough going.
Nevertheless, it will be a priceless learning curve which can only benefit Angola in the medium to long term by further whetting their appetite for playing on the big stage in the future.
|2013||FIBA Africa Championship for Women||1st|
|2011||FIBA Africa Championship for Women||1st|
|2009||FIBA Africa Championship for Women||3rd|
|2007||FIBA Africa Championship for Women||3rd|
|1994||African Championship for Women||3rd|
|1986||African Championship for Women||3rd|
|1981||African Championship for Women||3rd|
|Season||Competition||Last Achieved Round|
|2015||Afrobasket Women||3rd Place Game|
|2014||FIBA World Championship for Women||Group Phase|
|2012||Olympic Women||Preliminary Round|
|2008||FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women||Semi-Finals|
|2005||FIBA Africa Championship for Women||Final Round|
|2003||African Championship for Women||Finals|
|2001||African Championship for Women||Final Round|
|1997||African Championship for Women||Final|
|1993||African Championship for Women||Final Round|
|1990||African Championship for Women||Final Round|
|1988||World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women||Preliminary Round|
|1984||African Championship for Women||Final Round|
|1983||African Championship for Women||Preliminary Round|