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Mali pre-qualifies 15 players including talented Sika Koné for Africa Zone pre-qualifiers for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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We know the list of 15 players pre-selected by coach Sylvain Lautié for the pre-qualifying Zone Africa tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

After qualifying for the Africa Zone pre-qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, by qualifying for the semifinals of the women's Afrobasket two months ago in , Mali is back on the quest for a second participation in the Olympic Games, after that of 2008 when he had failed to pass the first round.

The national coach of the women's team of Mali, Silvain Lautié has called a 15 players who will start very soon a regrouping in Bamako. Of the 16 players present, we note the presence of almost all the workforce present at Afrobasket 2019, except (unavailable). We note the return of experienced players like Ramata Diakité, Kankou Coulibaly and Naignouma Coulibaly who after a downtime has just found a base in his former team Uni Girona in the female elite of the Spanish championship. The surprise of the chef is the selection of the very talented Sika Koné who played the World Cup with Mali's U19 national team that reached the quarterfinals. With its 1m90, the excellent pivot of just 17 years, comes to the A to strengthen undoubtedly the inner game of Mali.


 The talented Sika Koné who played the 2019 World Cup with Mali's U19 national team who reached the quarter-finals.

At the Women's U19 World Cup in 2019, she wore Mali and averaged 15.1 pts, 13.9 rbds and 1 ast per game. Considered the competition's second best scorer with 19.3% average per game, she finished 3rd best scorer in the competition with 106 points scored and best rebounder with 97 recovered balloons. Koné has signed this season in Féménina 2 (2nd Spanish Division) in Gran Canaria.

List of the 12 pre-selected for the African qualifiers of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament:
Touty Gandega (Angers, France), (FRANCE), GOUNDO DIALLO (STE SAVINE BASKET, FRANCE), MEIYA TIRERA (VALENCIA BC, SPAIN), (LANDERNEAU BRITTANY BASKET, FRANCE), KADIDIA MAIGA (DAKAR UNIVERSITY CLUB , SENEGAL), ADAM COULIBALY (Luxembourg), DJÉNÉBA N'DIAYE (), ASSÉTOU DIAKITÉ (MALIAN STADIUM, MALI), (FRANCE), AISSATA B MAIGA (AS POLICE, MALI), Naignouma Coulibaly (Uni Girona, Spain ), Kankou Coulibaly (Saint-Amand Hainaut-Basket), Ramata Diakité (Pays Voirons Basket Club – PVBC), Sika Koné (, Spain).

The Africa Zone pre-qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will bring together the top six ranked countries of the latest AfroBasket Women's. The teams were divided into two groups.

Group A: Nigeria, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo
Group B: Senegal, Mali, Angola

The Africa Zone pre-qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics will be held from November 14 to 17, in a venue that remains to be determined. Senegal and Mozambique appear to be potential candidates for hosting the competition.


The teams will play a tournament in “round-robin” format, the winner of Group A then facing the second in Group B, while the winner of Group B will be opposed to the second in Group A on behalf of the semi-finals.

The two winners of the semi-finals will not play in the final, as they will automatically qualify for the 16-nation FIBA ​​Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament (TQOF), for which the teams will be divided into four groups. The matches will take place in February 2020.

The top three teams from each of these four TQOF will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The pre-qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics are one of the great novelties of the redesign of the FIBA ​​qualification system, which also changes the way of qualifying for the next FIBA ​​Women's World Cup.


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