AFROBASKET WOMEN

#Afrobasket: Mali faces Ivory Coast for a semi-final ticket

After validating Tuesday its ticket for the quarter finals of Women’s Dakar 2019, the national team of will cross the iron with his Ivorian counterpart Thursday at 16:30 in Dakar Arena.

All eyes are now on the quarterfinals that will determine the teams of the last four of the Afrobasket. To access, Malian and Ivorian fights for the third meeting of the day Thursday. The two teams know each other perfectly well, but most of all, they met twice, more than a dozen days ago, during the friendly tournament in Bamako. If the Malian had clearly won both rounds, this time, the challenge is quite different: A place in the semifinals that guarantees an automatic qualification for the next Afrobasket and a bonus for a place for the TQO (Tournament qualifying for the Games Olympic Games) of 2020.

The Ivorian team is gaining strength and can count on an excellent Djefarima Diawara who has scored more than 60 points in two games and is one of the best scorers of this Afrobasket. On the side of Mali, we can count on a very young team that also knows how to rely on its individuality in the image of the rear Touty Gandega, Ailière Kadidia Maiga or very experienced Meiya Tirera and Nassira Traore .

We will be entitled to a tough confrontation on the physical, mental and tactical levels. Mali are favorites in the game plan provided so far, but should be careful against a team that will also want to get into the semifinals. The winner of this meeting will meet the winner of the opposition Nigeria against the Democratic Republic of Congo who knows Wednesday qualified in a play-off against Cape Verde (78-46).

Lire Aussi //   {:fr}Sénégal, Nigeria, Mali et Mozambique qualifiés pour les quarts de finale{:}{:en}Title favourites advance to #AfroBasketWomen Quarter-Finals{:}

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Amadou Kouyaté from Dakar

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