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2017 Women’s AfroBasket: Cameroon’s captain eyes trophy

Priscilla Mbiandja, team captain of the Cameroon women’s basketball team has said lifting the trophy of this year’s Women’s AfroBasket,…

Priscilla Mbiandja, team captain of the Cameroon women’s basketball team has said lifting the trophy of this year’s Women’s AfroBasket, is her main target.

The 12-team biennial competition gets underway in the Malian capital of Bamako from August 18-27 at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga and is a qualifier for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.

Team Cameroon is in Group A along with continental powerhouses like Mali, Angola, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire and a yet-to-be-disclosed country that will be awarded a wild card.

Away from 12-time record champions and reigning winners Senegal, Mozambique, Nigeria, upcoming Egypt, Guinea and the winner of the Zone 4 qualifiers in Group B, Mbiandja insists they too have a challenge in their pooling.

“Do not forget that Angola and Mali are known among the powerhouses in Africa. Cote d’Ivoire in the past has created some upsets in competitions and won the Francophone Games four years ago. Tunisia, for the most part, have been improving and who knows this year may be coming with an even better team,” Mbiandja pointed out.

“I do not feel relieved. On the contrary, I am aware that the job will be tough but like I said it is all about preparations. If you are not prepared for the competition, it does not matter what group you belong to, you will not have a good performance.”

The 28 year old captain thinks team Cameroon can achieve its objectives if they play with heart and determination.   “Every competition is very important to me and defending the color of my country. Like I said before, it is an honor and privilege. “I think we are our own target. We are competing against ourselves. Our goal is to do better than we did two years ago,” she emphasised.

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