Victory is sweet and noting boosts the confidence more like the scalping of a perennial champion in the dress rehearsal in the build up to the business end of a championship.
That must be the way D’Tigress Head Coach Sam Vincent and his ladies felt after Wednesday’s victory inside the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maïga.
After five consecutive victories including the biggest win in the 2017 AfroBasket championship; so far, defeating Guinea 106-33.
Putting aside defending champions Senegal 58-54 D’Tigress Coach Sam Vincent considers his team favorites for the championship.
D’Tigress booked their spot in the quarter-final after the win against Egypt; the third win in group B, but have showed no signs of stopping.
Vincent, who guided Nigeria to its first ever championship title in 2003 has also praised his current players whom he says are growing in confidence with each game and win.
He identified the quality of the team as a blend of strong collegiate and professional players who have been solid so far as a unit.
‘We have strong collegiate and professional players, we’re playing well, so I’d like to consider us as favorites.
‘The ladies are pretty confident and they want to win for Nigeria,’ Sam Vincent enthused.
Nigeria play Cote d’Ivoire in the quarter-final on Friday at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maïga in Bamako.