From 20th to 28th of July Thailand will host the FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup. Mali, U18 African Champion will take part for the 8th time at this great world event. For this, the national team is hard at work to properly approach the competition.
Since their coronation in Maputo against Mozambique in 2018, coach Amadou Bamba and his troupe have stayed together and trained three times in the week with an expanded selection of more than 30 players including defending champions.
In preparation for less than 10 days of the World Cup the national coach has reduced the number to 15 players who train morning and evening at the Sports Palace, Salamatou Maiga. The selection consists of 12 champions plus 3 other players who will apply for the 12 places to take for the world cup.
Awa Kamissoko (Kalanba Sports Club), Saran Berthé (Common 6), Djouma Berthé (Common 6), Assétou Sissoko (Malian Stadium of Bamako), Hawa Coulibaly (Djoliba Ac), Adiara Sissoko (As Police), Awa Haidara (Djoliba Ac ), Gnère Alima Dembélé (La Salle Melilla, Spain), Sika Koné (Adareva, Spain), Mariam Dramé (ASCB), Fanta Koné (Djoliba Ac), Aminata Sangaré (Torrelodones, Spain), Aminata Traoré (Djoliba Ac), Makoro Sangaré (Kalanba Sport Club) and Mariam Dramé (West Indies).
Staff: Amadou Bamba, Abdoulaye Maiga and Kadia Toure
Mali is housed in Group B with Argentina, Belgium and China. The players of coach Amadou Bamba will make their first appearance on Saturday, July 20 against Argentina. The next day, they will cross iron against China and their last outing in the group stage will be played on Tuesday, July 23 against Belgium.
The Malian basketball federation has set a goal for coach Bamba and his troupe to reach the quarter-finals for this edition. Recall that the coach Amadou Bamba is in his second participation in a World Cup U19 after that of Italy in 2017. The Malian delegation must fly on July 17 for Bangkok.