Sokhna Bintou Lô acquires his Senegalese sporting nationality

Sokhna Bintou Lô acquires his Senegalese sporting nationality
Sokhna Bintou Lô acquires his Senegalese sporting nationality

Sokhna Bintou Lô, born in Senegal, trained in Spain throughout her basketball career, which led to her naturalization and pre-selection for the Spanish team. Sokhna Bintou Lô played this 2023/2024 season with the Caledonia Gladiators club in the British Professional League (WBBL) and scored 7.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in 20 minutes of play on average per game.

“The Senegalese Basketball Federation (FSBB) informs that player Sokhna Bintou Lô, naturalized Spanish, is now eligible without restriction for the Senegal national team, by decision of FIBA ​​dated June 17, 2024. This decision follows to an administrative procedure initiated by the FSBB with the FIBA ​​in order to allow Sokhna Bintou Lô to wear the colors of Senegal,” we can read in the FSBB press release.

Sokhna Bintou Lô, a player playing in the interior position, would arouse keen interest from the coach of the Senegal national team, Mr. Alberto Antuna, who contacted her with a view to the Lionesses’ upcoming games.

Following FIBA’s decision, the national coach expressed his enthusiasm by saying: “How good! It’s a good acquisition for us and for her to be able to play. She was already super excited about the idea of ​​being able to represent Senegal. »

As for Sokhna Bintou Lo, she expressed herself in these terms: “First of all, I give thanks to God. It is with great emotion, pleasure and humility that I received notification from the Senegalese Basketball Federation informing me that FIBA ​​gave me the opportunity to represent my dear country, Senegal. It’s true that I am Senegalese-Spanish, but I have always felt the desire to represent Senegal which is everything to me and my family. I sincerely hope to deserve this favor and to be part of the next generation who will continue to make Senegalese basketball shine all over the world. It’s a childhood dream come true and I can’t wait to fight for my country. See you soon, y Vamos Senegal. »

The president of the Senegalese basketball federation, Mr. Babacar Ndiaye, welcomes this decision by FIBA ​​which, according to him, fits with the general interest of basketball and that of Senegal in particular. He also congratulates the player Sokhna Bintou Lô to whom he welcomes.

The Senegal women’s national team will participate, from August 19 to 25, 2024 in Kigali, in the prequalification tournament for the 2026 World Cup. Senegal is housed in Group C with Brazil, Hungary and the Philippines.

Wiwsport.com

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