Basketball. Aminata Gueye leaves Mondeville for LFB: ‘It’s sexy and exhausting at the same time’

Aminata Guy will play five years at Moundville. She was part of the extraordinary 2002 generation. © Aline Shuttle

For her and Mondville, it’s a page turning. Five years after arriving at the club, to fill a training center where she would win everything, Aminata Gueye decided to join Toulouse. With the upgrade you will find the level discovered in 2019, the year of the relegation of the United States Federation in the French League. The pivot made the first promises, and confirmed the following season (11 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in 2019-20) before a serious injury halted them on their course. At the age of twenty, Aminata Gueye is ready for a fresh start.

Aminata, the season is finally over since losing the Euro U20 mini-final with France. How does this latest international youth campaign leave you feeling?

I still feel sorry that we lose matches stupidly. Physically, there was no match between us and the others. If we go past the half, I’m sure we could have won the final against Spain. Personally, I only had 15 minutes of playing time per match because the refereeing didn’t allow the big players to play. We made satisfactory mistakes… I was very disappointed. I feel like I haven’t had a chance to express myself.

Was Mondeville’s departure to join Toulouse obvious?

No, because we still have a chance to ride a horse with Mondville. I could have stayed, as I still had a year contract. As it started to get complicated, I felt it was time to leave. I love the renewal, I’m excited.

Is there a bit of an incomplete departure from Mondville in the second division?

Yes, I wanted to raise the club with the girls I grew up with. I hope they can do that next year. Leaving Mondeville is a bit strange, I learned everything there. But it was important for me to leave my comfort zone. I need to gain experience. I had to leave Mondeville. My years at Moundville have been very enriching, both in human and mathematical terms.

“The best interior designs for my profile”

You will find the Women’s League, the tournament in which you first appeared in the Pro…

It seems far but close at the same time. I’ve been doing small appearances, so I can’t really point out. This time, I’m going to have a real role, not being the little girl. We have to assume. We will have to manage. However, it is a tournament that must be handled like the others.

Very tough tournament…

It’s sexy and exhausting at the same time. There are big cuts, girls you used to see on TV. I watched the games on my PC this year. It’s too stressful to think we’d go against them, but I consider it a good thing. I will only be able to advance with opponents such as Isabel Yacoubo, Christelle Diallo, Creata Diaby, Helena Siak … I take.

These are similar profiles to yours, and you seem to prefer them…

It will be very different from Ligue 2 where the interiors are more fleeting, more photographed, and less imposing. There, it’s just going to be big pieces. In fact, I tend to prefer this profile, a bit like it. With escaping from the inside, I have a defense problem. But I will run into girls who are often very experienced.

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“I started to find myself at the end of the season”

Toulouse, is it the perfect way to continue your progress?

I wanted a team to be in the middle of the table, even at the bottom of the table, to have playtime, turn up and progress. For me, it wasn’t to go straight to a big club and play a little bit there. I think Toulouse is the right club to express myself. I signed for two years. We’ll see if I have the level and if I can climb the ladder little by little. I’m not in a hurry. I go at my own pace.

My years in Mondville were marked by your serious injury, tearing of your ACL.

I was afraid that would change something in my game, that I wouldn’t find a good level. Little by little, I forgot that I had been hurt. I think I can get back to my best level. At the beginning of the season it was complicated. I was not in good physical shape. I couldn’t play more than four or five minutes in a row. I started to find myself at the end of the season. I have the summer to get back in shape, because we won’t resume until September 1st.

You were definitely hoping for a better season, collectively but also individually.

I wouldn’t say the season was disappointing, just the ending was. Collectively, we’ve been able to do great things, with a brand new group. Personally, I was coming back from injury. The start of the season was mixed. Don’t worry about my stats. After that, I obviously would have preferred to have a better season. I couldn’t go faster than my body dictated.

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