The commitment of Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre for the youth is confirmed one more year with the incorporation of the 23-year-old Malian player – she therefore has a cotonou passport – Djénéba N’Diaye. 165 centimeters high, it is a base – although it can play the role of escort – that arrives at the Berciano team after being a member of the SPAR Gran Canaria, where last season it became one of the sensations of the revelation team in the Women’s League Endesa. He arrived there midway through the 2019-2020 season after his stint at AMI Basketball in Morocco and after his first senior experience, between 2016 and 2018, at Djoliba Athletic Club Bamako in his country.
An absolute international, his last great experience with his team dates back to the Afrobasket in 2019, in which the Malian team, which had two acquaintances from the Endesa Women’s League such as Meiya Tirera and Mariam Coulibaly, beat Mozambique in the consolation final. African champion in the U16 and U18 categories in 2013 and 2015 respectively, being the offensive reference of her team, she hung the silver medal at the African Games held in the capital of Morocco, Rabat, in 2019.
Pepe Vázquez, satisfied with “having a base with experience”
Now he faces a new challenge on the banks of the Boeza and he does it with enthusiasm. In fact, it ensures that “I’m looking forward to getting to Bembibre and meeting my new team, the club’s people, the fans and my teammates. I don’t know much about the municipality, but I do remember having faced the team ”, acknowledges the African player, who adds that “At all times there has been a good understanding. I like the color of the shirts ”, an ambitious N’Diaye jokes: “My goal is to reach the Copa de la Reina. It is a purpose that is achieved with hard work and as a team, with a joint vision and union “, apostille.
In a similar vein, his coach, Pepe Vázquez, believes that “He has a challenge when he leaves the comfort zone that he had in Gran Canaria. She must take a step forward and continue to grow to become an important player in the Endesa Women’s League ”, says the Galician coach, happy to achieve this incorporation: “Once Roselis [Silva] He tells us that he is not renewing, my idea is to have a base with experience in the category. We get this opportunity and we bet on her, who knows the competition, its difficulty, after also playing in Women’s League 2 “, explains the coach from Santiago de Compostela, who highlights his experience at the national team level: “Show that there is a good job.”
Born in the capital of Mali, Bamako, N’Diaye signs for a campaign, 2021-2022, with the Bembibre team, to which she arrives backed by a great season as a rookie in the highest category. Not surprisingly, in the 32 games he played last year he averaged almost 8 points, although this average exceeds 10 points if only the second round and the quarterfinals of the play-off are counted. Their performances in victories and even comebacks against great rivals such as Ciudad de La Laguna Tenerife, Movistar Estudiantes or Lointek Gernika stood out. He scored 22 points against his new team with a 5/7 triples.
Pepe Vázquez: “Fits the profile of a player who wants to grow”
Regarding this first experience in Endesa Women’s League, Pepe Vázquez thinks that “She has been a player who has gone from less to more, making a great second round. She has room for improvement, she is young and fits the profile of a player who wants to grow ”, analyzes the Santiago coach, who describes it as “A player who can shoot 3, very physical and who defends very well. Although he will have to improve in the direction of the game, he penetrates well ”, points out the coach of the Berciano team, who believes that “With Laura [Méndez] can make a good tandem. If we take into account that Helena [López] can help in that position, we have the position well covered “, argues the Galician trainer, who adds that “He understands Spanish, which facilitates communication between the base and his coach.”
For her part, the new game director of the Bembibre squad looks like “a complete player. I will try to contribute my intensity and seriousness to the training sessions and my rigor both in defense and attack ”, emphasizes the African base, adding that “My speed also allows me to be a danger at any moment. I also have the ability to direct “, specifies the Malian playmaker, which recognizes that “In my first year in Spain it took me a while to adapt to the style of play. The coach, the president, the fans and my teammates helped me“Admits the former SPAR Gran Canaria player, very grateful and aware that”This is what facilitated my transition to the Endesa Women’s League. It has been an extraordinary experience “, ends.