Sika Kone named player of the day in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U19 Women’s World Cup

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The great Malian adventure continues at the 2021 FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup as Mali became the first African team to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition, carried by its scorer, Sika Kone.

Kone praised her teammates after their impressive win over Russia, but it was the power forward playing the key role by posting yet another double-double to help deliver history for Mali – and Africa. 19 points and 11 rebounds along with 2 assists for good measure to propel Mali to their fourth consecutive win and into a first-ever U19 Semi-Final with another chance at history over the weekend.

“It feels great,” Sika Kone declared post-game. “Before we arrived here, we had some complications and then lost our first game. That gave us the motivation to keep going and really show that we can do something.

“We were all excited to be here – we wanted to play well and we knew that we can do something in this tournament. We believe in ourselves, and Mali believes in us.”

Sika Kone led the way once again with 19 points and 11 rebounds, but it was a truely collective effort and the emotions spilled out onto the court for jubilant scenes at the buzzer. Russia could not buy a score in the final period – going 0-of-15 from the field – with Mali taking full advantage to race clear for a memorable win.

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