MAPUTO (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women) - Clarisse Machanguana will join the Mozambique national team at the end of this month when the team arrives in Portugal for a four-week training camp.
On 22 June, the Africans will travel to Ankara for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) for Women, looking to capture one of five spots for the London Games.
The Mozambique national team has been drawn in Group C of the OQT with Korea and Croatia.
The 38-year-old Machanguana, a 1.96m center, has been playing in Italy's second division with Passalacqua Ragusa.
Other newcomers to the training camp will be Cecilia Henriques, Sheila Ventura, Ingvild Mucauro, Isabel Mavamba and Ludomila Rangel.
Mozambique head coach Nasir Sale, who took over early this year, also has the 12 players who helped the country to a fifth-place finish at last year's Afrobasket in the preliminary squad.
Asked about the new players, Sale said he is planning the future.
"Apart from Clarisse [Machanguana], these are young players that need international experience," he said to FIBA.com.
Machanguana is a very experienced player.
She has competed in WNBA with the Los Angeles Sparks, Charlotte Sting and Orlando Miracle.
Machanguana last played for Mozambique at the 2007 Afrobasket in Senegal, helping her side to a fourth-place finish.
"The team and the younger players in particular received the news of Clarisse joining the team with great satisfaction," Sale said.
"She will be of fundamental to help our team due to her experience.
"We wanted to bring the younger and more experienced players together to see if we can build a competitive team."
Mozambique were given a chance to represent Africa at the OQT after Senegal, bronze medalists at the 2011 FIBA Africa Championship for Women, withdrew and fourth-placed Nigeria did not confirm interest in taking part.