Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre player Djénéba N’Diaye will participate with her national team, Mali, in the qualifying phase for the next World Cup, to be held in Australia from September 22 to October 1. The African team will compete with China, France and Nigeria for its place in the international event in a qualifying tournament that will take place in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, from February 10 to 13.
It will therefore not be an easy target for the Malian team, which will face Asian runner-up China in Group B; to the African champion, Nigeria; and another finalist in a continental contest, in this case the European one, such as France. The European team also won the bronze medal in the last women’s basketball Olympic tournament. The first rival will be precisely France, on February 10, while the next day the rival will be China. Against Nigeria, on the 13th, it will be the duel that closes the group for the Malians.
Group A, which will also play in Belgrade, will face the host of this qualifying tournament, Serbia, with South Korea, Australia and Brazil. Group C will be settled in Osaka and will face the host team of this tournament, Japan, with Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Belarus. Puerto Rico, Russia, Belgium and the host United States will play in the US city of Washington. Precisely the latter as Olympic champion and the host, Australia, are already qualified for the world championship.
N’Diaye, who already participated in the last Afrobasket, in Cameroon, and won the silver medal as one of the outstanding players of her team under the command of Spanish coach Joaquín Brizuela, will once again represent her team after having played also the continental contest held in 2015. It was also international in training categories, contesting two World Cups in the U17 category and one in the U19 category. She was champion of Africa in the U16 and U18 categories, in 2013 and 2014 respectively.