The FIBA Africa Editorial Team has researched the history books and listed 12 players from eight nations who are famous for their achievements and contributions for a decade.
1/ Leia Dongue (Mozambique)
As the history book, Leia Dongue has ever scored less than 13 points and seven rebounds per game for a decade at the global and African basketball tournaments. At the age of 29 in 2020, Dongue still makes wakes with European teams and has a lot of basketball to play.
Known as the Mozambican ace, Leia Dongue has achieved the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women (FIBA ACCW) for six consecutive years from 2012 to 2017 while playing for Liga Desportiva and Primeiro D’Agosto.
With an average of 15 points and 11.7 rebounds at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Turkey, Dongue was honored as the FIBA ACCW MVP in 2014 and 2015.
After such achievements, she was continuously named to the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket All-Star team in 2013, 2017, and 2019.
Currently, she registers an average of 15.5 points and 8.45 rebounds per game in the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket from 2011. However, Mozambique’s team has yet to win a FIBA Women’s AfroBasket title.
2/ Nacissela Mauricio (Angola)
Nacissela Mauricio has become a symbol of Angola women’s basketball for the last ten years. She helped her country to win the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket titles in 2011 and 2013.
The most wonderful moment of her career is that she has become the only African player to win the AfroBasket MVP honors for a decade from 2010 to 2020.
Unluckily, she had to retire from the basketball playing career two years ago due to knee injuries. Now, she works as a basketball director for Primeiro D’Agosto.
3/ Astou Traore (Senegal)
The career of Astou Traore over the last decade was contributed to helping Senegal to the highest position in Africa. Although the Senegalese team has won only one continental title in 2015 and ranked second in 2011, 2017, and 2019, she was named the MVP of the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket three years ago in Bali.
She scored an average of 12.9 points per game at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in 2010 and 2018 and the 2016 Rio Olympics.