Nigeria Women Basketball team, D’Tigress departed the country for Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday for the FIBA Africa Women Afrobasket, which will hold from 10 to 18.
Nigeria defeated Senegal to lift the trophy in the last edition held in Mali and are hoping to successfully defend the title defence when the tournament kicks off this weekend
Nigeria is drawn alongside Cameroun and Tunisia in Group B, Mali square up with Angola and RD Congo in Group C, while Group D consists of Mozambique, Cape Verde, and Kenya.
The Nigerian team has been preparing for the championship in Lagos under the guidance Coach Otis Hughley who led the team to victory two years ago in Bamako.
Meanwhile, Captain of the team, Adaora Elonu, who spoke to the media at the unveiling of the new jersey for the team , disclosed thatthe team s ready to win the title once more and urged Nigerians to get behind the girls for the battle ahead.
“It will be tough in Senegal but we are prepared to give our best and retain our title. We have been training hard to be in top shape and I am sure we will all be fit when the championship begins.”
“It is possible to win the title in Senegal with the support of our countrymen. On our part, we will do our best to do our country proud.”
Nigeria‘s team to the tournament :
Adaora Elonu, Jasmine Nwajei, Elo Edeferioka, PromiseAmukamara, Theresa Onwuka, Aisha Balarabe, Sarah Imovhioh,Ezinne Kalu and Victoria Macaulay.
Others are Ifunaya Ibekwe, Kunaiyi Pallas Akpannah, AtonyeNyingifa, Sarah Ogoke and Evelyn Akhator .