Sasol Amawheelaboys too strong for Nigeria at the African Qualifiers

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The South African Senior Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team will face either Morocco or Egypt in semi-final action at the international Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s African Qualifiers, after recording a 67-39 win over Nigeria on Wednesday, 4 November 2015.

Sasol Amawheelaboys head coach Franck Belen did not mince his words with his players at the end of the first quarter with the South Africans 10-8 behind, and a spirited second quarter display, saw South Africa to a 33-20 lead. By three quarter time, the South Africans had extended the advantage to 51-29.

Sasol Amawheelaboys team captain Cecil Dumond said after the match: “Our defensive game is quite strong but we need to bring the attacking game to the party at the same time. We certainly weren’t at our best against Nigeria, and will need to up our game when we play in the semi-finals.”

For the South Africans, Luvuyo Mbande was a strength in defence; taking possession from the Nigerians on several occasions, while Gift Mooketsi and Richard Nortje, ensured attacking moves and points for the Sasol Amawheelaboys.

Nortje finished the match with a total of 26 points.

The South Africans will practice on Thursday morning, ahead of Friday’s semi-final match.

Richard Nortje, from the Amawheelaboys IWBF African Qualifiers 

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