Eagle Wings win bronze at Continental championship

By francis marangu
Dec 01, 2021

Zone V representatives Eagle Wings of Kenya won bronze medal at this year’s Africa Women Cup Championship that folded up on Friday in Meknes, Morocco.

They beat Nigerian side First Deepwater 67-64 in their third place playoff. Wings led 41-32 at the breather following 20-15 and 21-17 wins in the first two quarters.

The second half belonged to the Nigerians who won the third and fourth quarters 11-9 and 21-17 respectively. Natalie Akinyi scored 16 points while Rose Ouma added 14 for Wings.

Deepwater never walked home empty handed as they scooped the fairplay award. Wings lost 50-76 to eventual winners Interclube of Angola in the semifinals.

The match was a replay of their Group B encounter which the Angolans had won 69-41. In the quarterfinals, Wings beat fellow Kenyan side USIU 83-66.

The final match pitted two Angolan clubs, Primeiro De Agosto and Interclube, with the latter winning 61-60. This was Interclube’s third title in the past four years having won in 2010 and 2011 to extend Angola’s dominance in the competition.

Primeiro beat Deepwater 79-53 in the semifinals to book a spot in the final. Interclube won the first quarter 22-11 but Primeiro snatched away the second 27-15 for a one point advantage going to the breather.

Interclube bounced back with a 13-9 score in the third quarter while Primeiro took home the fourth 13-11.

USIU finished fifth out of eight teams

In the classification matches, USIU finished fifth after beating Nigeria’s Dolphins 72-67 and COD Meknes 79-63.

Meknes was sixth having beaten fellow Moroccan side IR Tanger 63-56. The seventh position went to Tanger for beating Dolphins 62-59 as the Nigerian side finished eighth overall.

The two Kenyan sides now shift focus to the final leg of the Kenya Basketball Federation league. USIU play KPA in the best-of-five playoffs final while Wings confront Sprite Storms in the third place playoff.

Collated Results: Group A- USIU 77 COD Meknes 61, Primeiro De Agosto 72 Dolphins 52, USIU 45 Primeiro De Agosto 71, USIU 61 Dolphins 44, COD Meknes 53 Primeiro De Agosto 84; Group B- First Deepwater 39 Interclube 65, Eagle Wings 60 Ittihad Radi De Tanger 37, Eagle Wings 69 First Deepwater 71, Interclube 87 Ittihad Radi De Tanger 30, IR Tanger 44 First Deepwater 88, Interclube 69 Eagle Wings 41; Quarterfinals: Dolphins 35 Interclube 92, Eagle Wings 83 USIU 66, COD Meknes 61 First Deepwater 78, IR Tanger 27 Primeiro De Agosto 89; Semifinals- Primeiro De Agosto 79 First Deepwater 53, Interclube 76 Eagle Wings 50; Third Place Playoff- Eagle Wings 67 First Deepwater 64; Final- Interclube 61 Primeiro De Agosto 60; Classification Matches- Dolphins 67 USIU 72, IR Tanger 56 COD Meknes 63, IR Tanger 62 Dolphins 59, COD Meknes 63 USIU 79.