Farhiya Abdi first Somali to be drafted into the WNBA

Nairobi (Keydmedia) - The LA Sparks made history Tuesday afternoon by drafting Farhiya Abdi from Sweden. The 6'2 forward was selected with the first pick of the second round (13th overall) and is the first Somali to be drafted in the WNBA.
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The 20 year old currently plays professional basketball for Czech Republic’s Frisco Brno where she is a rising star. Earlier this season she had 29 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to go with it.

Farhiya’s parents Saido and Ali came to Sweden from Somalia in 1980 where they raised seven children, Farhiya being the youngest. She writes in her blog that she first shot a basketball when she was 11 but wasn’t seriously playing until she was 14.

It did not take Farhiya too long accolades such as MVP of the under 16 European Championship

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