Hala Mostafa El Sharaway – FIBA.com
CAIRO – 23August 2017: The Egyptian Women’s Basketball team is set to play against Mozambique on August 23 in the Afrobasket Championships in Mali. The tournament runs from Aug 18-27.
The Egyptian Basketball Women’s team will play against Mozambique in the last match of the group stages. They played four matches, won 2 and lost 2.
Egypt opened the tournament with two great victories against DR Congo and Guinea before conceding two loses against Nigeria and Senegal.
Egypt’s coach, Amr Ashour, is expected to depend on his more experienced players like Meral Abdel Gawad, Nour Aly and Rana Abdelfatah in the remaining games of the tournament.
Egypt plays in Group B alongside the reigning champions; Senegal, Nigeria, Guinea, DR Congo and Mozambique. Group A includes Central African Republic, Tunisia, Angola, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and the host nation, Mali.
Amr Ashour chose the following players to represent the Egyptian national team in the tournament: Meral Asraf Abdel Gawad, Rana Abdelfatah, Nour Aly, Mennatalla Awad, Reem Osama, Radwa Sherif, Mai Helwa, Manar Ihab, Hala Mostafa, Soraya Deghady, Asrar Maged and Raneem al-Gedawy.
Ashour chose Meral Asraf Abdel Gawad, Rana Abdelfatah, Asrar Bakr and Radwa Sherif from the U-19 team. They participated in the U-19 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Italy last month, and he expects them to support the first team squad.
Egypt won the gold medal in the first two editions in 1966 and 1968. However, Senegal has won the title 11 times, and they also have the most gold medals.