LUANDA - Three months after helping Primeiro D'Agosto win the FIBA Africa Women's Champions (ACCW), Sonia Guadalupe Ndoniema has retired from her playing career, aged 32.
She won five ACCW titles (Three with InterClube de Luanda and two with Primeiro D'Agosto) and lifted the FIBA Women's AfroBasket twice in 2011 and 2013, respectively.
And, local media made sure to pay tribute to Ndoniema.
Although she was never named a Most Valuable Player at a major international tournament, she has played like one throughout her career.
Undoubtedly, Ndoniema's highest moment with the Angolan jersey happened in the Final of FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2011 when she ignited the Southern Africans with a game-high 23 points in a 62-54 win over Senegal, and as a result, helped her country win their first-ever African title.
"I have suffered too many injuries in recent years, and I couldn't cope with it no more," she explained to FIBA.basketball.
Now, the 2012 London Olympian plans on sharing her basketball career with younger players.
"Yes, I hope to contribute to the growth of women's basketball in Angola," said the 2014 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup participant.