May 20, 2022

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Women’s AfroBasket 2021 – Group profile: Cote d’Ivoire – FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021

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ABIDJAN (Cote d’ Ivoire) – A mid-desk crew, Cote d’Ivoire have grow to be standard members at FIBA Women’s AfroBasket although they are still to get a key trophy on the continent.

The Ivorians will be generating their 14th visual appeal in the heritage of the tournament, and will be heading to Yaounde seeking to develop on their basketball programme.

Because the West African country created their first Women’s AfroBasket overall look in 1977 with a Fourth-Position end in Senegal and repeated their positioning in Madagascar in 2009, Cote d’Ivoire have not built a improved influence inspite of their array of former star players like Denaimou Ngarsanet and Patricia Lorungnon to mention but a number of.

Heading to Cameroon, newly-appointed head mentor Igor Kovacevic will have his hands entire in making certain that the crew makes an influence.

If data are something to go by, Kovacevic then understands the activity in advance of him.

With his team’s camping by now underway, Kovacevic and his crew will be aiming to consider women’s basketball in Cote d’ Ivoire to the future level.

Essential facts about Cote d’Ivoire:

FIBA Earth Rating Women: No. 55 (Entire world) No. 8 (Africa)
Past participation in the Women’s AfroBasket: 2019 (2 wins, 4 defeats 8th-Put)
Finest result at Women’s AfroBasket: Fourth-Spot end in the 1977 and 2009 editions of Women’s AfroBasket.
How they skilled for the  Women’s AfroBasket 2021: Cote d’Ivoire experienced for the Females FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Final Spherical with an automatic ticket from the FIBA Africa Zone 3 when it grew to become evident that other nationwide groups from the in the Zone – Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso – experienced no registered their groups to participate in the regional qualifier. 

Crucial players: Safietou Kolga (CSA), Kani Kouyate (BCSP Rezé), Salimata Berte (ABC) and Mariam Gnanou (Oklahoma Point out Cowgirls).

Head mentor: Serbian Igor Kovacevic took the helm, replacing previous Cote d’Ivoire international player Christelle N’Garsanet who was envisioned to grow to be the very first Africa-born previous female player named head mentor of a nationwide workforce on the continent.

Kovacevic is recognized in the Ivorian basketball circles, getting coached Abidjan-based facet ABC. 

Kovacevic has toured Africa coaching, and main basketball clinics. One of his coaching assignments took him to Rwanda wherever he labored with neighborhood heavyweights REG Basketball.

Lookout: Cote d’Ivoire have been drawn in Team D together with Mali and Tunisia. The Ivorians are much from staying a title contenders. Achieving the Semi-Ultimate remain remains their key goal. Whether this is achievable or not, on time will explain to.


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