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Play-Off bracket 4
African Champions Cup Final Standings
 1. 1 De Agosto  
 2. Condor  
 3. ASS Sale  
 4. Mazembe  
 5. Kano Pillars  
 6. Manga BB  
 7. Maxaquene  
 8. InterClub    
 9. Royal Hoopers    
 10. Aso Modele    
 11. Ahli Benghazi  
African Champions Cup Standings
Group A
 1. Kano Pillars 5-0 
 2. Maxaquene 4-1 
 3. InterClub 2-3 
 4. Manga BB 2-3 
 5. Aso Modele 1-4 
 6. Ahli Benghazi 1-4 
Group B
 1. 1 De Agosto 3-1 
 2. ASS Sale 2-2 
 3. Condor 2-2 
 4. Mazembe 2-2 
 5. Royal Hoopers 1-3 

Joaquim Gomez named MVP

Another title for 1 de Agosto
Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda 2010
Mario Correia
Miguel Lutonda
Joaquim Gomes
Vladimir Jeronimo
Felizardo Ambrosio
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
 Correia Mario 189 (6'3'') G 78 Cape Verde
 Lutonda Miguel 185 (6'1'') G 71 Angola
 Gomes Joaquim 200 (6'7'') C/F 80 Angola
 Jeronimo Vladimir 193 (6'4'') F 78 Angola
 Ambrosio Felizardo 201 (6'7'') F 87 Angola
 Ricardino Vlademir 193 (6'4'') F/G 77 Angola
 Mims Karlton 189 (6'3'') G 80 USA
 Almeida Carlos 193 (6'4'') G/F 76 Angola
 Moreira Yanick 204 (6'9'') C 91 Angola
 Costa Armando 192 (6'4'') G 83 Portugal Angola
 Ortet Helder 201 (6'7'') C 82 Angola
 Baza Adilson 185 (6'1'') C 86 Angola
 dos Santos Hermenegildo 192 (6'4'') G 90 Angola
 Suingue Yuri Angola
 Quimbamba Adolfo 198 (6'6'') F 82 Angola
 Abraao Filipe 194 (6'5'') F 79 Angola
 Manuel Islando 192 (6'4'') F 91 Angola All-African Champions Cup Awards 2010 - Jan 5, 2011
1st Team
Joaquim Gomes
Aboubakar Usman
Christian Bayang
Felizardo Ambrosio
Cameron Echols

MVP: Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80) of 1 De Agosto Angola
Best Guard: Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86) of Kano Pillars Nigeria
Best Forward: Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) of 1 De Agosto Angola
Best Center: Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80) of 1 De Agosto Angola
Best Coach: Luis Magalhaes of 1 De Agosto Angola

1st Team
G: Aboubakar Usman (192-86) of Kano Pillars Nigeria
G: Christian Bayang (193-87) of Condor Cameroon
F: Felizardo Ambrosio (201-87) of 1 De Agosto Angola
F: Cameron Echols (203-81) of Maxaquene Mozambique
C/F: Joaquim Gomes (200-80) of 1 De Agosto Angola

2nd Team
G: Mario Correia (189-78) of 1 De Agosto Angola
G: Brandon Fields (193-88) of ASS Sale Morocco
F/C: Kim Adams (203-82) of Coruna Spain
F/C: Chanel Amboulou (194-88) of InterClub Congo-Brazaville
: Arnold Yacoubou (88) of Aso Modele Benin

Honorable Mention
Victor Anthony Koko (F-92) of Royal Hoopers Nigeria
Zouheir Bourouis (180-G-83) of ASS Sale Morocco
Joseph Mbang (198-F-86) of Ahli Benghazi Libya
Aymar Boundou (82) of Manga BB Gabon

Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Agosto dominate Condor, retain title
- Dec 20, 2010

Primeiro De Agosto basketball club of Angola proved a worthy champion when it dominated in every department of the grand finale of the 25th Africa Champions Cup for Men beating Condor basketball club of Cameroon by 73-41 points.

Agosto won the first three quarters by 20-11, 28-02 and 17-09 before slowing down in the last quarter which it eventually lost by one point of 18-19 points.

Agosto centre, Joaquim Gomes record a double double figure of 27 points and 20 rebounds scoring 17 of the points at half-time, captain of the side Miguel Lutonda added 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists while Felizardo Ambrosio contributed another double double effort of 17 rebounds, 11 points and 2 steals.

Primeiro thus won the African title a record three straight years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The Africa champion receive a golden trophy and gold medal, Condor got the silver medal while AS Sale was decorated with the bronze medal for finishing third.

....... Gomes, Pillars Usman dominate individual awards

Primeiro Agosto centre, Joaquim Gomes was called to the podium as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 25th edition of the Africa Champions Cup for Men in addition to been named in the competition Top-5, Gomes won the highest rebounder award.

Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria guard Abubakar Usman also cart away two invididual award hoghest scorer and highest three pointer award, Usman was also named into the competition Top-5.

ASO Modele basketball club of Republic of Benin received the Fair-Play award.

Benin 2010 25th ACCM: AS Sale claim 3rd spot, beat Mazembe 75-71 - Dec 20, 2010

AS Sale basketball club of Morocco Sunday claim the third position of the 25th Africa Champions Cup for Men at the Sports Hall of Stade LAmite, Cotonou, Republic of Benin beating ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo by 75-71 points in a tension soaked encounter.

The Moroccan side took a wide lead winning the first three quarters by 21-19, 20-14 and 19-15 to go into the final quarter with a 12-point advantage of 60-48 points but fell to the fighting spirit of the Mazembe players losing the fourth quarter by 15-23 points to win the third place game.

AS Sale Reda Rhalimi led his side with 15 points, 5 rebounds 3 blocks and 2 steals, Brandon Fields also scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Zakaria El-Masbahi added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, Abdelhakim Bouita added 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals with Zouheir Bourouis being the best player on the board with 12 rebounds, scoring 9 points and gave a huge 7 assists for their side victory.

1 De Agosto to defend their title against Condor  - Dec. 19, 2010 

1 De Agosto - Mazembe 79:67
The Angolan champions 1 De Agosto are staying the race to defend their Africa Champions Cup title. They overcame Mazembe of D.R. Congo to secure the spot in the title game. 1 De Agosto will now take on Cameroonian Condor in the battle for the trophy. Mazembe will play against AS Sale in the consolation final.
1 De Agosto did not waste too much time to mark their ambitions in this one. The Angolans went on a 23:9 run in the first quarter to clear off. Mazembe however were ready for the challenge. They increased the tempo in the second term and stunned their opponents with 25 points. Mazembe cut the deficit to just 4 points at halftime 34:38. 1 De Agosto had to shake off sloppiness and start working hard for the win. Led by Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) the reigning champions were back in the drivers seat in the third period. They unloaded 26 points to secure a 16-point advantage with ten minutes to go. Mazembe never surrendered as they outscored their rivals in the final stanza but it was not enough to avoid the loss.
Joaquim Gomes connected for 20 points in the victory. Miguel Lutonda (185-G-71) delivered 17 points, while Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) had 10 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Johnny Buzangu Mualaba (88) responded with 22 points for Mazembe. Guelor Kubala Nkatu (87) had 10 points in the loss.

1 De Agosto: Joaquim Gomes 20, Miguel Lutonda 17, Felizardo Ambrosio 10+17 boards
Mazembe: Johnny Buzangu Mualaba 22, Guelor Kubala Nkatu 10

Condor - AS Sale 68:44
Condor became the first Africa Champions Cup finalists. They held off AS Sale of Morocco in the semifinal clash in Benin yesterday. Condor will take on the defending champions 1 De Agosto in the championship game later tonight. Christian Bayang (193-G-87) paced the Cameroonian side with 27 points and 6 rebounds.
It was the second game between the teams at the tournament. AS Sale celebrated victory in the first round of the competition. They looked confident and solid in the opening frame of this one. Led by Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) the Moroccan team earned an 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Condor responded with a stifling defense in the second frame. They limited AS Sale to only 8 points in the second quarter to gain a 32:26 halftime lead. The offensive struggles continued for AS Sale after the break. They came up with only 11 points in the third term allowing Condor to clear off to an 11-point buffer with one quarter remaining. Condor held their opponents below 30% shooting accuracy and just kept on running away in the fourth quarter. AS Sale scored 7 points in the frame and had to yield at the end. Marc Ouboung (82) knocked down 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Condor. Manganba added 10 points in the victory. Zakaria El Masbahi accounted for 10 points for AS Sale. Zouheir Bourouis (180-G-83) netted 9 points in the loss.

Condor: Christian Bayang 27, Marc Ouboung 13, Manganba 10
AS Sale: Zakaria El Masbahi 10, Zouheir Bourouis 9

5-8 place
Manga - Maxaquene 64:57
Manga Basket celebrated another victory at the Africa Champions Cup in Benin. They knocked down Maxaquene in the classification round yesterday. The Gabonese team will now take on Kano Pillars in the clash for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Maxaquene will face InterClub for the seventh overall place.
Manga got to the better start. They held the Mozambique side to only 12 points in the first quarter to post a 3-point lead. Maxaquene adjusted offensively in the second period. The shots started to fall for Maxaquene as they erased the deficit and eventually eked out a 35:32 halftime lead. They maintained the margin throughout the third period. Maxaquene entered the fourth quarter up by six points 48:42. But Manga had their own thoughts about this one. The Gabonese team stunned Maxaquene with a 22:9 rally in the fourth period and celebrated an impressive win at the end. Fabien Bissielou (194-F-82) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Manga. Aymar Boundou (82) added 15 points in the winning effort. Fernando Mandate (191-G-85) replied with 16 points for Maxaquene. Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.) provided 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

Manga: Fabien Bissielou 23, Aymar Boundou 15, Meryl N'Sangou (188-G-88) 10
Maxaquene: Fernando Mandate 16, Kim Adams 14+10 boards

Kano Pillars - InterClub 60:41
Kano Pillars overcame InterClub at the classification round of the Africa Champions Cup held in Benin. The Nigerian team will now face Manga Basket of Gabon in the fight for the fifth overall place at the tournament. InterClub will play versus Maxaquene for the seventh position.
InterClub bravely entered the game. They pulled in front in the opening stanza and posted a 17:10 lead after ten minutes of action. But Kano Pillars gradually recovered. They found the right rhythm in the second stanza and erased the deficit. InterClub accounted for only 6 points in the frame to face a 6-point deficit at halftime 23:29. Kano Pillars continued to dominate at both ends of the court in the third quarter. They outscored their opponents 18:7 in the period to enlarge the cushion to 17 points. InterClub never came back to life in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Matheo Ogenyi (86) and Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86) delivered 13 points each for the Nigerian team. Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89) contributed 8 points in the victory. Chanel Amboulou (194-F/C-88) replied with 13 points for InterClub. Arnold Boungou (180-G/F-89) had 9 points in defeat.

Kano Pillars: Matheo Ogenyi 13, Aboubakar Usman 13, Ibrahim Yusuf 8
InterClub: Chanel Amboulou 13, Arnold Boungou 9

9-10 place
Royal Hoopers - ASO Modele 76:66

Semifinalists are set in Benin - Dec. 18, 2010 

Condors - Kano Pillars 67:61
Condors celebrated a tough win at the quarterfinal stage of Africa Champions Cup held in Benin. They held off Nigerian Kano Pillars. Condors came from behind in the fourth frame to deliver the victory. Christian Bayang (193-G-87) came up with 28 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Cameroonian side.
Kano Pillars entered the game confidently. They knocked down 21 points in the opening frame to surge ahead. Kano Pillars enjoyed a 7-point buffer after ten minutes of action. Condors continued to struggle offensively in the second term. They managed to score just 12 points in the frame allowing Kano Pillars to grab a 34:26 halftime lead. But things changed in the third frame. Condors adjusted at both end of the court. They outscored Kano Pillars 20:14 to get closer. The intense fourth frame saw Condors surge ahead. They held the Nigerian team to only 13 points in the period and eked out a tough win at the end. Marc Ouboung (82) delivered 14 points for Condors. Jacques Steeve Mbog (93) had 13 points in the win. Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for Kano Pillars. Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89) dropped 16 points in the loss.
Condors are set to take on AS Sale later tonight.

Condors: Christian Bayang 28, Marc Ouboung 14, Jacques Steeve Mbog 13
Kano Pillars: Aboubakar Usman 27, Ibrahim Yusuf 16

AS Sale - InterClub 71:41
AS Sale made it into the semifinals at Africa Champions Cup in Benin. The Moroccan champions overcame InterClub at the quarterfinal stage yesterday. Brandon Fields (193-G-88, college: Nevada) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. AS Sale will now take on Condor of Cameroon for the spot in the championship game.
The first term turned into a battle of well-matched squads. InterClub stayed close as they trailed by a single point after ten minutes 16:17. The Congo-Brazzaville team did not allow AS Sale to clear off in the second period either. AS Sale led by only two points at halftime 29:27. But the third term proved disastrous for InterClub. AS Sale increased the tempo and ran away for good. The Moroccan side outgunned their opponents 27:5 to enter the fourth quarter up by 24 points. InterClub had little to answer with in the reminder of the contest as AS Sale coasted to the victory. Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) netted 11 points for AS Sale. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) added 10 points and 6 boards in the win. Chanel Amboulou (194-F/C-88) responded with 8 points and 10 rebounds for InterClub. Guerlin Ndzondzoko (87) delivered 6 points in the losing case.

AS Sale: Brandon Fields 25, Abdelhakim Zouita 11, Abderrahim Najah 10
InterClub: Chanel Amboulou 8+10 boards, Guerlin Ndzondzoko 6

1 De Agosto - Manga 66:38
1 De Agosto put on a clinical defensive performance en route to a confident quarterfinal victory at Africa Champions Cup. The defending champions defeated Manga Basket of Gabon to enter the semis. 1 De Agosto will take on Mazembe later tonight. Filipe Abraao (194-F-79) came up with 13 points to pace the winners.
1 De Agosto quickly pulled in front in this one. They posted a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. The Angolan champions stretched their lead to as many as 18 points at halftime. They did not slow down in the second half piling up the advantage. Manga faced a 22-point deficit heading into the fourth period and never recovered. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) had 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists for 1 De Agosto.

Mazembe - Maxaquene 67:48
Mazembe celebrated the playoff victory at the Africa Champions Cup in Benin. They held off Maxaquene at the quarterfinal stage yesterday. Robot Kayembe Mudiandambu (90) stepped up with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the D.R. Congo team. Mazembe will now face the defending champions 1 De Agosto of Angola in the semifinal.
Mazembe entered the game firing from all guns. They quickly posted the lead and rolled to a 17:13 advantage after ten minutes. Maxaquene struggled to find an offensive rhythm. They accounted for just 10 points in the second period as Mazembe built a 30:23 lead at halftime. D.R. Congo side continued to keep their opponents at bay in the third period. Mazembe arrived at the final break leading by 8 points 47:39. The intrigue was never restored in this one. Maxaquene chipped in just 9 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Aubin Junior Kasongo (86) and Kabangu knocked down 10 points each for Mazembe. Doudou Ilunga Tshimanga netted 8 points in the win. Cameron Echols (203-F-81, college: Ball St.) and Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.) replied with 14 points each for Maxaquene. Fernando Mandate (191-G-85) provided 11 points in the losing effort.

Mazembe: Robot Kayembe Mudiandambu 19, Aubin Junior Kasongo 10, Kabangu 10
Maxaquene: Cameron Echols 14, Kim Adams 14, Fernando Mandate 11

Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Kano Pillars battle Cameroon Condor in Q/finals - Dec. 16, 2010 

Nigeria DStv Premier League champion Kano Pillars basketball club will take on Cameroon side Condor basketball club in the first quarter-finals of the 25th Africa Champions Cup for Men at the sports hall of the Stade LAmite Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

Pillars coached by Coach Sani Ahmed top Group-A of Africa biggest club championship for Men maintaining a hundred percent record while Condor basketball club edged another Nigerian side Royal Hoopers basketball club Wednesday in both sides last Group-B game by 60-49 points.

Pillars and Nigeria senior national team guard, Abubakar Usman says the real battle for the soul of the African title just began with the quarter-final pairing released Wednesday night by the Secretariat of the continental ruling body FIBA Africa.

Usman charged his teammates to go all out against the Cameroonian who proved book-makers wrong last Sunday to end the invicibility of the defending champion, Primeiro de Agosto basketball club.

Usman not wanting to be drawn into discussion of the strength of the Cameroonian is optimistic that Pillars would be able to do the job of getting past Condor basketball club but opined that Kano Pillars always respect every opponent but would approach the game with all seriousness from the jump-ball to the buzzer.

We are happy with the quarter-finals pairing and the game will be treated with all seriousness as we cannot afford to drop the game at this stage of the competition which is about the most important aspect of any competition because the loser never get another opportunity to re-write the wrong commited.

Though we respect Condor like every other team especially when they are the only side to have defeated Primeiro de Agosto in the last three year of the Africa Champions Cup that alone is enough morale booster for them but we shall do everything possible to stop them on Friday.

Our team is made up of tested players who knows what it take to play a team like Condor and our bench knows what to do at every given time as we match on to the African title.

If successful against Condor on Friday Kano Pillars will meet the winner between Inter-Club basketball club of Congo Brazzaville and AS Sale basketball club of Morocco on Saturday.

Other quarter-finals game billed for Friday, Inter-Club basketball club of Congo Brazzavile will lock horns against AS Sale basketball club of Morocco in the second quarter-final, the third quarter-final will see Manga basketball club of Gabon testing the might of the defending champion Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola while ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo will battle Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique in the fourtj quarter-final pairing at 18H00.

After losing out of the quarter-final race debutant, Royal Hoopers basketball club of Nigeria will continue its match for a placement in the championship with a 9-11 position game against Libya AL Ahly basketball club at 10H00 Friday.

All Prelim Results:
Maxaquene (Mozambique) 70-62 Inter-Club (Congo)
ASO Modele (Benin) 70-77 Manga (Gabon)
Kano Pillars (NGR) 86-60 AL Ahly (Libya)
Manga 51-54 Inter-Club
AL Ahly 63-73 ASO Modele
Kano Pillars 74-51 Maxaquene
Manga 45-71 Kano Pillars
AL Ahly 60-70 Maxaquene
ASO Modele 58-65 Inter-Club
Manga 66-58 AL Ahly
Inter-Club 51-66 Kano Pillars
ASO Modele 53-72 Maxaquene
Maxaquene 68-60 Manga
Inter-Club 51-58 AL Ahly
Kano Pillars 75-60 ASO Modele

ASB Mazembe 69-57 Royal Hoopers
AS Sale 79-77 Condor
Royal Hoopers 70-96 Primeiro Agosto
ASB Mazembe 55-61 AS Sale
Primeiro Agosto 66-74 Condor
Royal Hoopers 77-74 AS Sale
Primeiro Agosto 85-73 AS Sale
Condor 61-62 ASB Mazembe
ASB Mazembe 59-71 Primeiro Agosto
Condor 60-49 Royal Hoopers Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)

Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Battle shift to knock-out stages
 - Dec. 16, 2010 

With the conclusion of the preliminary rounds of the 25th edition of the Africa Champions Cup for Men eight clubs have booked their place in the quarter-finals beginning Friday at the Sports Hall of the Stade LAmite, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria lead three other clubs (Maxaquene, Inter-Club and Manga) to the knock-out challenge.

Pillars coached by Coach Sani Ahmed is the only team in the competition that has not lost a game leading Group-A with the 10 maximum points, Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique finished second with 9 points, Inter-Club basketball club of Congo Brazzaville and Manga basketball club of Gabon are tied on 7 points but Inter-club placed third having defeated the Gabonese side during their group game and occupying the rear are ASO Modele basketball club of Reupblic of Benin and AL Ahly basketball club of Libya, both teams failed to make the quarter-final cut.

Leading Group-B to the last-8 is the defending champion, Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola who waited until its last group game against ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday to determine its position in the group.

Agosto topped the group with 7 points, AS Sale basketball club of Morocco came second with 6 points, Mazembe placed third also with 6 points, Condor basketball club of Cameroon last group game win of 60-49 points over Nigeria Royal Hoopers basketball club gave them the fourth spot in Group-B with the Hoopers finishing the preliminary series on the fifth position.

Q/Finals Preview:
Condor Vs Kano Pillars 12H00
The first quarter-final duel between Condor basketball club of Cameroon and Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria holds at 12H00 Friday, it is a game of fourth placed team in Group-B battling the leader of Group-A but at this stage who wins matter most.

The loser at this stage will only have opportunity to play for classification while the winner will advance to the semi-final.

Having maintained a clean record at the group stage Kano Pillars basketball club must be at its best to guide against any slip as Condor basketball club will want to prove a point that its qualification for the quarter-final where it defeated another Nigeria side, Royal Hoopers basketball club was not a fluke.

Both sides have the player with equal sizes and stength but the team with the greatest discipline on court will surely carry the day.

Inter-Club Vs AS Sale 14H00
Inter-Club basketball club of Congo Brazzaville must rely on its psychologist to get out of the shock defeat to AL Ahly in its last group Wednesday to be able to match-up AS Sale basketball club of Morocco.

Inter-Club who finished third in Group-A would have to keep its head low and the players must be at the right frame of mind to take on the bigger AS Sale side whose major strength lies in the paint.

The Inter-Club versus AS Sale game comes up at 14H00.

Manga Vs Primeiro 16H00
The third quarter-final between Manga basketball club of Gabon and the defending champion, Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola is a game the champion must not toy with given the fact that the days minows in Africa basketball is gradually fading away.

Manga who is probably making it to the last-8 stage of the biggest Africa Club competition will want to emulate giant killing Condor basketball club of Cameroon who shocked Agosto during the group stage of the competition last Sunday.

Agosto will have to depend so much on their double edge offense and close marking defense to stop the fast pace Manga players from making history.

ASB Mazembe Vs Maxaquene 18H00

The ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo versus Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique game is the last quarter-final duel of the 25th Africa Champions Cup for Men.

The game slated for 18H00 will see second placed in Group-A (Maxaquene) trying slugging it out against third placed Group-B (Mazembe) thrilling the fans as the fight for a semi-final ticket hots-up.

Mazembe with 2-2 record will have its hands full when it take to the floor against a Maxaquene side who boast of a 4-1 record having lost only to Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria at the group stage.

Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Kano Pillars keep clean slate book Q/final ticket - Dec. 13, 2010 

Nigeria and FIBA Africa Zone-3 champion, Kano Pillars basketball club is the only team in the ongoing 25th edition of the final round of the Africa Champions Cup for Men winning all its three Group-A thus becoming the first club among the eleven campaigning for honour to land a quarter-final ticket.

The Coach Sani Ahmed tutored side began their campaign with an 86-60 points win over AL Ahly basketball club of Libya last Friday in group-A continued with a superb 74-51 points voctory over Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique with another 71-45 points win over Manga basketball club of Gabon on Sunday.

The Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League champion will on Tuesday take on Inter-Club basketball club of Congo Brazzaville before rounding off its group game against host ASO Modele basketball club of Republic of Benin on Wednesday.

Pillars head coach, Sani Ahmed praised his players for their discipline and team work and says no team will be underrated in the competition.

Coach Ahmed also thumb-up the huge support the team have received so far from the Kano State government saying only a truly supported side can do well in any championship.

I want to give our victory run so far to the players high sense of discipline and commitement to the task at hand, they have been very dedicated to the course of the club and if they continue like this I think we will go far in this years championship.

Kano State government have also being very supportive to our course and without the huge support weve received so far from the governemnt I dont we would have been able to achieve what we have achieved in a space of three years.

Our eyes is certainly set on the title and we are promising lovers of the game back home in Nigeria that we will not let them down, concluded the Pillars Chief tactician.

....... Royal Hoopers kept hope alive, pick first win

The second Nigerian team in the championship Royal Hoopers basketball club kept their quarter-final qualification alive on Sunday when they defeated AS Sale basketball club of Morocco in a highly tense game.

Hoopers who is making its debut in the Africa biggest club competition for Men had early lost its first two games to BC Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo by 57-69 points before going down to defending champion, Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola on Saturday by 70-96 points.

The destiny of the Hoopers making the cut now rested on their last Group-B game against giant killing Condor basketball club of Cameroon on Wednesday.

The game against the Cameroonian according to team head coach, Ogoh Odaudu is a must win for his side as nothing would stand in their way of making the last-8 in their first outing of the Champions Cup.

Coach Odaudu himself a veteran of Africa club competition with Ebun Comets basketball club beleived the players are not ready to be bundled out of the competition at the group stage.

Everybody is commitement to the goal of making the quarter-final and at this points the players have reiterated their stand not to drop our last group game against Condor of Cameroon.

Though we are mindful of the fact that Condor defeated defending champion Primeiro Agosto by 74-66 points on Sunday but the win over AS Sale of Morocco who defeated Condor in both sides opening group game last Friday have re-engineer our hope that any team is beatable in the championship.

Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)

Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Day-4 Games Preview
 - Dec. 13, 2010 

With Monday being observed as rest for all the eleven teams taking part in the 25th edition of the Africa biggest club competition for Men, the race for a quarter-final ticket continue Tuesday with five games on the bill as Group-B second placed teams, Nigeria Royal Hoopers exempted from the days action in the pool of five teams in their group.

AL Ahly Vs Manga BB
AL Ahly basketball club of Libya who are yet to record any win so far will try its luck against Manga basketball club of Gabon in a Group-A at 10H00.

The game is important to both sides as another lose on the part of the Benghazi-based AL Ahly would see them bidding the quarter-final goodbye while a lose for Manga would further open up the group as a four-horse race for the picking of a quarter-final ticket would have been thrown open.

Inter-Club Vs Kano Pillars
Inter-Club basketball club of Congo must be at their best to curtail rampaging Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria as both sides file out at 12H00 in another Group-A pairing.

With a 2-1 record the Congolese side would have put in everything in their arsenal to rattle Kano Pillars who are the only side that is yet to taste the bitter pile of defeat.

Pillars who are already through to the quarter-finals will also not want to underrate their opponent and they would strive to remain top of Group-A so as to be paired against the fourth placed team from Group-B.

Primeiro Agosto Vs AS Sale
Defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Men Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola would try everything within its reach to avoid another lose as they battle Group-B leader AS Sale basketball club of Morocco at 14H00.

The defending champion who opened its title defense on Saturday with 96-70 points win over Royal Hoopers basketball club of Nigeria last Saturday was humbled by Cameroon Condor basketball club on Sunday and the game against AS Sale of Morocco provides an opportunity to put themselves back in contention for the title once again while AS Sale who dropped its third game to Royal Hoopers of Nigeria it is an opportunity to remain in contention for a quarter-final placement as they play their last group game against the champion on Tuesday.

AS Modele Vs Maxaquene
Home boys, ASO Modele basketball club of Republic of Benin will have to rely on their vociferous supporters as they confront Group-A second placed side Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique at 16H00 so as to avoid missing out of the quarter-final party.

Modele with a 1-2 record and currently occupying the fifth position in Group-A would rely their back-court players to do the damage against Maxaquene who play compact basketball losing only to group leader Kano Pillars of Nigeria.

Condor Vs Mazembe
Basking in the euphoria of defeating reigning Africa champion, Condor basketball club of Cameroon will end the day;s proceeding against Mazembe basketball club of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Group-B game could go either way both team are equal match-up as they would want to guide against a slip. The game comes up at 18H00 at the gymnasium of Stade LAmite in Cotonou.

2010 ACCM: African best set for battle of Cotonou - Dec. 9, 2010 

As the d-Day sets in for the final round of the 2010 FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men the continents best twelve clubsides are set for the big battle for the top spot from December 9 through 19 in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Twelve clubs from across the continent took part in their respective Zonal elimination, prepared, take part in test matches to get thus far as the first jump-ball gets closer with the technical meeting schedule for today (Thursday).

Top among the contenders is the Cup defending champion, Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola joining the reigning champion from FIBA Africa Zone-6 is Maxaquene basketbakk club of Mozambique, A.S.S of Morocco and Ahly Benghazi of Libya qualified from Zone-1. Zone-3 has four teams which include Kano Pillars and Royal Hoopers basketball clubs of Nigeria, Abidjan Basketball Club (ABC) of Cote dIvoire and Model basketball Club of Benin Republic as host.

Other clubs in the final round are; Condor of Cameroon, Mazembe of DR Congo, Interclub from Congo Brazzaville, Manga basketball club of Gabon.

Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso)

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