France U20 ready to shine during youth international basketball season

Abou N'DiayeAbdou N'Diaye's return to youth international basketball as head coach of France U20 women will not be an easy task.

His predecessor Francois Gomez won medals in the five times that France participated in the finals of FIBA Europe U20 championships. France were champions in 2005, silver medallists in 2004 and won bronze medals on the other occasions.

The only time France failed to win a medal in this category was during the first U20 championship in 2000. They had failed to qualify for the finals.

During the reign of Gomez France also won bronze medals in the U21 World Championships in 2003 and 2007.

N'Diaye (above) selected 18 players in his original roster. The team reported to camp at the end of May.

Ana Cata ChitigaEndene Miyem from Bourges Basket was not included in the squad as Pierre Vincent called her up to the French senior team.

France played two games against Poland and won both games comfortably (80-59) and (83-49). This series went well for Ana Cata Chitiga (left) who averaged 16.5 points over the two games.

After this series the roster was reduced to 14 players as Virginie Bremont, Jessica Clemençon, Valérie Labbe and Charline Servage's adventure came to an end.

The preparation continued with a U20 youth international basketball tournament in Bourg en Bresse.France won the tournument with victories against Germany (83-61), Turkey (69-43) and the Czech Republic (70-55).

Abdou N'Diaye then made his announcement about his FIBA Europe U20 European Championship 2008 women roster.

Carole Leclair and Cyrielle Recoura were the final players to be removed from the squad.

The French FIBA Europe U20 European Championship Women 2008 Roster:

1. Marielle Amant (ASPTT Arras)
2. Mélanie Arnaud (ASPTT Arras)
3. Isis Arrondo (Mourenx)
4. Lucie Bouthors (COB Calais)
5. Ana Maria Cata-Chitiga (Bourges Basket)
6. Marylène Guerra (Lattes Montpellier)
7. Alexia Kusion (Tarbes)
8. Lorraine Lokoka (Bourge Basket)
9. Sarah Michel (USVO)
10. Carine Paul (Bourges Basket)
11. Doriane Tahane (USVO)
12. Ingrid Tanqueray (Mondeville)

France preparation will continue this weekend with a tournament in in Turkey . They will also play in Spain before finally travelling to Italy.

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picture credit:
FIBA Europe: Ana Cata Chitiga
Date created: 27 June 2008

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