NICE (AfroBasket Women/FIBA World Championship for Women) - Cote d'Ivoire's women's national team is to take on Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles in the Final of the Francophone Games on Saturday.
The "Elephants" excelled in Thursday's Semi-Final as they beat Canada-Quebec 54-53 in Nice, France.
Unsurprisingly, Kani Kouyate remains Cote d’Ivoire's leading scorer as she averaged 15 points in the first three games against Poland, Canada-Quebec and a France youth team.
Despite Cote d'Ivoire's good run of form in Nice, head coach Djadji Clement saw his group of 12 players reduced to only nine as Assetou Kolga, Maimonatou Kolga and Yvonne Bognini abandoned the group after the first two games, and are still to be contacted.
The Francophone tournament is serving as a preparation event not only for the Cote d'Ivoire, but also, Mali, Senegal and Cameroon as they take aim at AfroBasket Women 2013 which will take place in Mozambique's capital city of Maputo later this month (20-29 September).
The tournament qualifies the top two African teams for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women to be staged in Turkey.
Cote d’Ivoire have been drawn in Group A alongside Senegal, Egypt, hosts Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Algeria.
In Group B, Mali will take on Kenya, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Angola and Nigeria.
Despite a tremendous effort by the duo of Ramses Lonlack and Alina Senken Jamen, in Nice, Cameroon fell in the Semi-Final and will take on Canada-Quebec in the Third-Place Game on Saturday.
Both Lonlack and Jamen paced the “Indomitable Lions” with 12 points apiece in four games.
Africa’s highest ranked team, Mali, showed up for the tournament missing a significant number of their foreign-based professionals, although they beat Romania 72-56 in the 5-8th place contention on Thursday.
Senegal, the 10-time African champion, had a modest campaign as they finished 11th thanks to a 74-69 win over Tunisia.
The women's basketball tournament at the Francophone Games consists of 12 teams and takes place every four years, gathering the French-speaking countries in several sports, although it also includes some guest countries like Poland.
For full coverage of the Francophone Games go to https://www.jeux.francophonie.org/Resultats/index.php?sport=PC