Sasol Amawheelaboys beat Egypt to claim bronze at the African Qualifiers in Algeria

Saturday, 7 November 2015

The South African Senior Men’s Wheelchair basketball Team finished their International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s Africa Qualifiers campaign on a winning note, by outplaying Egypt 77-65 at the Nadi Basketball Stadium in Algiers, Algeria on Saturday, 7 November 2015.

Following defeat in the semi-finals to Morocco on Friday, which ended their hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Paralympics, the Sasol Amawheelaboys got off to a brisk start, and ended the first quarter 24-16 ahead.

The third quarter belonged to the Egyptians with a score of 55-51, but with the experienced Gift Mooketsi having his best game of the tournament, and Richard Nortje once again dominating upfront, the Sasol Amawheelaboys weathered the storm of a late Egyptian onslaught to claim the bronze medal.   

“In chatting to the Moroccan and the Algerian players here at the tournament, their teams have played 20 to 30 internationals this year while the Sasol Amawheelaboys have played five (the Sasol All Star Series against New Zealand) and we need to play more games leading up to an African Qualifier to give our player sufficient preparation opportunities,” said Sasol Amawheelaboys head coach Franck Belen afterwards.

“We have quite a few youngsters in the Sasol Amawheelaboys team which is a good sign for the future, and players like Gift Mooketsi and Richard Nortje have a load of international caps between them, but we need one or two more experienced players at this level if we are to find consistency in terms of results at events of this nature.”  said Sasol Amawheelaboys head coach Franck Belen afterwards.

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