CAIRO (2016 FIBA Africa U18 Women's Championship) - Madagascar square off against Mozambique in Friday's FIBA Africa U18 Women's Championship Quarter-Finals and Christiane Jaofera has big dreams for the islanders.
Jaofera - who along with Tokin'Iaina Sambatrarimiora led her team with 12 points in Wednesday's win - believes they have what it takes to punch a ticket to the Semi-Finals.
"The victory [against Algeria] was very important for us because we had a tough start by losing our two first games," the 1.70m small forward told FIBA.com.
Facing Algeria in the last game of the group was a do-or-die situation.
"That's the reason we put all our energies to win our first game in the tournament," Jaofera explained.
Ahead of the Quarter-Final clash against Mozambique, Jaofera - who represented Madagascar at the 2015 FIBA Africa U16 women's Championship on home soil in Antananarivo - could not hide her level of confidence.
"We are now in the knock-out stage and we are lucky to play Mozambique rather than powerhouses Mali or Egypt," the 17-year-old said. "We just need to be more focused and everything will be possible. It will be good to make it to the Semi-Finals."
The Bevoay-Beretra native, who started playing basketball when she was 11, paid tribute to her family as well as the country's basketball federation.
"I am grateful to our basketball federation for all the support they provided to help us. Now it's our duty to battle hard and make them proud of us," Jaofera noted.
"Personally, I think that playing at the continent's U18 tournament is the best showcase for my future career and I will try all my best to succeed."
The teenager, who idolises [WNBA stars] Candace Parker and Maya Moore, is now looking forward to making another step towards a basketball professional career.
"Hopefully, after the tournament, I will have an opportunity to move to another club in Europe or America to improve what I have started with my Malagasy side MB2ALL," she said.