ABIDJAN (FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017) – The battle between Cote d'Ivoire and Benin for a place in the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 tips off in Abidjan on Friday, May 12.
The FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifier will take place at the Forum de l'Universite Felix Houphouet Boigny d'Abidjan.
On the other hand, Cote d'Ivoire head coach Simon Guillou insists that his team is fully prepared to advance to the Final Round in Bamako, Mali in September (15-24).
''As you might know, we failed to qualify for this big event two years ago. So, our target is to secure a spot for the Bamako showdown. We are well prepared and I am confident that we will secure our ticket for the Final Round,'' Guillou said to FIBA.com.
"After the qualification, we will work hard to have a competitive team for a better result in Bamako. I hope that all our France-based players including Kani Kouyate, Kariata Diaby, Massarami Meite and others will be ready in due time,” the French playcaller stated.
Meanwhile, the regional qualifier represents a huge opportunity of making their first appearance in the Final Round, and they will look to benefit from the team chemistry among the core of the team, who play together for local side ASPAC.
Both sides will be fighting to join reigning champions Senegal, hosts Mali, Cameroon, Nigeria, Angola, Tunisia, Guinea, Egypt and Mozambique.