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03 October, 2015
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Coulibaly headlines Mali's 25-player squad ahead of games against Guinea

BAMAKO (AfroBasket Women 2015) - Mali's Basketball Federation (FMBB) has called up 25 players for a training camp ahead of their FIBA Africa zone II qualifiers for AfroBasket Women 2015 and All Africa Games 2015.

Leading players including Naignouma Coulibaly - the leading rebounder at AfroBasket Women 2013 - Nassira Traore, Djenebou Sissoko, Astan Dabo and Meiya Tirera will make up the core of Mali's team which that will square off against Guinea on 28 and 30 June in Bamako, Mali.

Mali have already qualified for AfroBasket Women 2015 and will be focused on booking their place at the 11th All Africa Games in Brazzavile, Republic of Congo (4-19 September).

The list of players called up also includes rising star Djeneba Ndiaye, who was the MVP of the 2014 FIBA Africa U18 Women's Championship and is a symbol of the rebuilding currently taken place for the country that won AfroBasket Women 2007.

Mali will open their training camp on June 20 in the country's capital of Bamako.

Since claiming their one and only continental title eight years ago, Mali have failed to reach the top step of the podium at AfroBasket Women.

In order to end that drought, the FMBB has included friendly games in Algeria in August as part of the preparations in the lead-up to Africa's biggest women's basketball event in Yaounde, Cameroon from 23 September-3 October.

Mali have been drawn in Group A along with hosts Cameroon, Mozambique, South Africa, Gabon and Uganda.

The winning team at AfroBasket Women 2015 will secure automatic qualification for the 2016 Rio Games.

The teams that finished second and third will have a second chance by participating in the 12-Teams FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Mali preliminary squad for AfroBasket Women 2015: Aissata Berthe, Fatoumata Coulibaly, Mariam A Coulibaly, Kankou Coulibaly, Nagnouma Coulibaly, OUleymatou Coulibaly, Astan Dabo, Christine Dakouo, Awa Diallo, Dede Diallo, Fanta Charles Guindo, Awa Keita, Sadio Konate, Aissata Maiga, Djeneba Ndiaye, Amintat Sissoko, Djenebou Sissoko, Farima Toure, Meiya Tirera, Aissata Traore, Doussou Traore, Aminata Fakoro Traore, Fatim Marena Traore, Nassira Traore, Mama Traore.