MES (Switzerland) – While waiting for the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, we decided to review Africa, a continent full of talented players, some of whom are already known to the general public, others by fans, and finally some of whom only the best observers should keep a close eye on.
Here are 12 African basketball stars who deserve your full attention:
Sika Kone – Mali
No other African player is so flamboyant at the moment. She led Mali to the semi-finals of the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup, impressed at FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021 and went on to shine at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Serbia with a double-double (16 points, 10 rebound) over the course of the entire tournament. Drafted into the WNBA, there is no doubt that it will be highly coveted by European clubs participating in the upcoming EuroLeague tournament. It’s a shame I won’t have the chance to see her in action in Sydney later this year.
Victoria Macaulay – Nigeria
With several key players absent from TQCF in Belgrade earlier this year, Nigeria had to rely on the most experienced, including Macaulay, to qualify for the world championship. It lived up to expectations, and found a place in the “Big 5” of the competition. In their successful pursuit of a ticket to Australia, Nigeria scored a historic victory over France, thanks in part to their energy, strength and 19 points on the occasion.
Yacine Diop – Senegal
A true hub in Senegal, Diop is the undisputed leader of the national team, even if he missed the podium at the latest FIBA Women’s Afrobasket Championship. She did everything not to be left empty-handed, as evidenced by her place in the “Big Five” of the continental event, where she scored 14 points and 6 rebounds per game. An energetic, strong, assertive and symbolic player in African basketball, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing Diop shine and representing Senegal with pride.
Nadine Soliman Mohamed – Egypt
She will never forget Sulaiman Muhammad (also known as Al-Salawi) in 2021, the year that saw her crowned as the top scorer of the FIBA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Egyptian star showed just how talented he is both at a distance and in a 1 on 1 breakthrough. His entertaining style of play also allowed him to shine in 3×3. With her, Egypt has a woman who is able to increase the popularity of basketball in the country.
Ezini Kalou – Nigeria
Although she was unable to participate in the TQCF in Belgrade due to injury, the dealer is still a safe bet and she should return to the World Championships in Sydney. Over the past few years, she has established herself as Nigeria’s undisputed leader, with strong showings at the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Tenerife (Spain), the last two FIBA Women’s Afrobasketball Championships – won by Nigeria – and the road leading to the Tokyo Olympics (Japan). ). She will surely be able to stand out in Australia!
Soraya Mohamed El Degheidy – Egypt
What an exciting player to watch! She can score and create space for her teammates. Although the Egyptians’ eyes were on the podium at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021 and their run ended in the quarter-finals despite averaging 15.7 points per game, El Degheidy’s Egypt has a bright future ahead.
Adaora Elonu – Nigeria
Elonu is a form of guarantee for any team you develop into. The Nigeria captain is of crucial importance to her country, on and off the field. Sometimes she shines individually, as when she won the MVP title last year in a successful defense of the FIBA Women’s Continental title at AfroBasket. But she also knows how to act as the perfect leader for her team, supervising and supervising the players around her, as shown in TQCF. Add to this her EuroLeague Women experience, expertise and maturity, and you will have understood all the dimensions of her role.
Meryem Coulibaly – Mali
Extremely strong, Coulibaly was instrumental in Mali’s silver-medal win at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship last year, averaging nearly double across the competition (11.6 points and 9.0 rebounds), with a place in the “5 key points” on the line. Unfortunately for Mali, his absence from TQCF carried too much weight. At the club, she went on to shine in La Liga Femenina, recently seeing herself as Player of the Week.
Aimee Okonkwo – Nigeria
Nigeria coach Otis Higley was full of praise after his team’s exploits in Belgrade, where the winger ran an impressive tournament. With an average of 10 minutes per game at the Tokyo Olympics, she did an excellent job at FIBA Women’s AfroBasket, showing her full potential. She was instrumental in qualifying for Australia by averaging over 12 points per game. Can she continue her momentum at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022?
Marina Paul Odoo – Cameroon
Marina Ball, the daughter of a former NCAA player, followed in her father’s footsteps by going to study and play in the USA. She helped Cameroon climb to the third tier of the podium at the latest FIBA Women’s Afrobasket Championship. Ewodo was chosen with great esteem by domestic fans, in the “Big 5” of the continental competition. She plays for the second consecutive season in France at Saint-Amand, and even if injuries slow her progress somewhat, the winger appears ready to take a step forward, buoyed by the confidence he has gained in the national team.
Avellina Peso – Angola
Biso is the undisputed rising star of Angolan women’s basketball. It stands out especially for its intensity and intensity on both sides of the playing field. Primeiro de Agosto has exceptional athletic qualities and her persistent fighting ability indicates a bright future for the Angolan team, in search of its former glory. Behind Italian leaders Lucas and Nadir Manuel, the 23-year-old gets more playing time every time: to be closely watched in the coming years!
Tamara Seda – Mozambique
FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021 Player of the Year with 52 rebounds, a tough interior knows how to make her size speak for itself to dominate the baskets. She represents Mozambique superbly on the international scene with her club, Arasque, in La Liga, making her the author of a convincing second season. In the country, many young people consider her an example to follow. She looks more confident, and despite her age of 27, still has a lot of room for improvement.