Poitiers Basket has just enlisted the solid Ivorian pivot from Lorient, Bali Coulibaly. A reinforcement of weight in the racket to compensate for the departure of Yvann Mbaya.
It’s heavy. Following the departure of Yvann Mbaya for Le Portel (Betclic Elite), Poitiers Basket 86 struck hard by enlisting another big man with the Ivorian pivot Bali Coulibaly.
Arrived in Bourg-en-Bresse in 2014, he made two small appearances in Pro A during his first season in Ain, then was little used during the following two in Pro B. But it is in National 1 that he truly revealed himself. First La Rochelle (2018-2019), then Toulouse (2019-2020) and finally Lorient (2020-2022) where he has played for the past two seasons.
Suffice to say that this imposing pivot soon to be 27 years old (he will have them next Sunday) for 1.99m is used to competing for the top of the table. Because if the ambitious club of Morbihan could not achieve its goal of accession, beaten in the semi-finals by Mulhouse, he was the third scorer of his team and turned this season 10.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 decisive passes for 12 evaluation in 22 minutes on average.
Silver medal at the African Cup of Nations
Against PB, he was very solid on the first day of the championship, contested in Poitou, scoring 16 points and grabbing 8 rebounds but he could not prevent the defeat of his Saint-Eloi (80-78) . In the return match, Bali Coulibaly had finished 14 evaluation (10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) during the victory of Poitevins in Brittany on December 4 (61-67).
Just before the last season started, the Ivorian international recalled the silver medal with his selection at the African Cup of Nations. Suffice to say that he is used to high-stakes matches and that he should be served in Poitou since the club aims to achieve a very successful new season, hoping to go a little further than the last exercise, completed in quarter-finals. final against Caen.
He will bring us a real quality of scoring and passes in the racket
? Bali comes out of a full season with Lorient where he was a big sticking point in the racket indicates Andy Thornton-Jones, very happy with this recruitment to compensate for the departure of Yvann Mbaya. ? We knew there was a chance that Yvann would leave to take a new step and we had the opportunity to recruit Bali Coulibaly. He has four years of NM1 experience and we are very happy to welcome him. He will bring us a real quality of scoring and passes in the racket.
After the arrival of Morgan Durand, arrival from Mulhouse, Poitiers Basket has just enlisted a new reference element of National 1 men. The club is working to build the most competitive team possible and hopes to conclude another major deal in the coming days. In order to be as well equipped as possible in a championship that promises to be once again very tough, given the impressive arms race in which most ambitious teams are embarking.