Nigeria’s senior Women’s basketball team D’Tigress have arrived Bamako, the capital city of Mali for the 2017 FIBA Women Afrobasket tournament scheduled to start on Friday 18th of August. The team which left Lagos, Nigeria aboard an Air Cote d’Ivoire flight had a stopover in Abidjan before connecting to Bamako. The delegation led by the […]
D’Tigress team will depart on Wednesday for Bamako for the 2017 Afrobasket tournament at 9:45am aboard an Air Cote d’Ivoire flight. The delegation which will be led by the Vice President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Babatunde Oguande will include 12 registered players, three members of the technical crew led by Sam Vincent and 4 […]
Plans have been concluded by the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation to organise the first test match for the Senior Women National team as they continue their training camp ahead of the 2017 Women Afrobasket tournament. The team popularly referred to as D’Tigress will engage Raptors Basketball Club of Lagos in a friendly […]
D’Tigress players in Orlando, Florida yesterday (Saturday) departed the USA for Lagos, Nigeria for the next phase of their camping exercise in preparation for the 2017 Women Afrobasket competition in Mali. The Technical crew before their departure from Orlando had to prune the list from the initial 15 earlier invited by the Technical committee of […]
Following the successful Draws for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland.
D’Tigress and Celta Vigo Basketball club Point Guard Sarah Ogoke says she’s confident the DTigress team have what it takes to represent Africa at the Rio Olympics after Nigeria got seeded alongside Belarus and Korea in Group C
“I am super confident in our ability and our chances of getting one of the 5 tickets to Brazil. Belarus and Korea will be tough opponents in the preliminaries, but i know we have enough talent to compete and get out of the group”.
“Our aim in France to end up in Brazil”. She added
Sarah Ogoke led Nigeria in assists at Cameroun 2015 with 4.4 assists per game, scoring 6.9 points per game then adding, 4.2 rebounds per game and 1. 4 steals per game.
The 12 team tournament which is billed for the city of Nantes, France from June 13 -19th will also see runners up at the 2015 Women Afrobasket, Cameroun slug it out with Turkey and Argentina in the preliminaries in group B.
The Full list of the Draws;
Group A: Cuba, New Zealand, France
Group B: Cameroun, Turkey, Argentina
Group C: Belarus, Korea, Nigeria
Group D: Venezuela, Spain, China
The Nigerian women’s senior basketball team at the ongoing FIBA Africa women basketball championship in Yaounde, booked their place in the semi final thanks to an inspirational performance from Harlem Globetrotters’ Joyce Eworomadu who scored 20 points with 4 assists, with ever reliable Adaora Elonu adding double digits 13 points for the 6th straight game.
The Nigerian ladies who lead in the first quarter 20-13, went to sleep early in the 2nd quarter as Mozambique crawled back in it to even the score at 27-27. However inspirational shots of the bench from captain and tournament’s 3 points leading scorer, Helen Ogunjimi 2(3pointers) gave Nigeria a breather at half time with Nigeria leading 41-36.
The 2nd half took a turn for the worse for the D’Tigress as Mozambique powered by Deolinda Ngulela who had 11 first half points carried her team to tie the game 47-47 midway through the 3rd quarter.
Nigeria however, stood strong for the close finish after the game was on 9 different occasions and the lead change in between both team 5 times in the final 2 quarters.
Ndidi Madu contributed 13 rebounds, including 4 points while el oedema also joined Helen Ogunjimi and Sarah Ogoke in adding 6 points to send Nigeria to a sweet independence day celebration in far way Yaounde.
Hero of the game Joyce Eworormadu admitted it was a tough game but was glad the got the win
“We knew there was no tomorrow , so if we had to win we had to do it now. We turned up our defence”.
She also concluded by sending an Happy Independence day greetings to all Nigerians back home.
“Happy Independence day Nigeria, we are trying to bring the GOLD home for you.
After a dominant 20 points win in the 1st leg on Thursday in Abidjan, the Nigerian Female national team sealed qualification for the 2015 Afrobasket for Women/ All African Games later this year with an emphatic 88-43 points win over Cote d’ivoire in the 2nd round match at the Palais du Sport in Abidjan.
The D’Tigress was powered to victory by Uju Ugoka’s 14 points, with captain Helen Ogunjimi and Primeiro Agosto point guard, Sarah Ogoke adding 13 points each in an impressive display on the night that saw the D’Tigress claw past the female Elephants with ease.
The Scott Nnaji lead Ladies took charge from the jump ball, taking a 10 points lead in the opening 10 minutes (25-15), then extended their lead to 47-27 at half time.
D’Tigress ended any hopes of a comeback for the female Elephants of Cote D’ivoire in the 3rd quarter outscoring them 26-9 to pull up an unassailable 71-36 points lead going into the 4th quarter. Closing the deal with a 17-6 points scoreline in the final 10 minutes.
First Bank Basketball club point guard Atosu Upe also had an electrifying night scoring 12 points alongside sparkling Ndidi Madu who also put up 12 points.
Nigeria has now booked a date with Angola, Senegal, Algeria, the qualifier from FIBA Africa Zone 2 and yet to be named wild card entry in group B of the 2015 Afrobasket in Yaounde, Cameroun come September 22-3rd October for a battle for a 3rd African title and a ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The Nigeria Basketball Federation ( NBBF ) after the board meeting on Sunday stated that the coaching job of the National men’s team open for application.
The board unanimously agreed to this decision after due consultation with the technical committee to open the door to any coach interested to lead the D’Tigers to the defense of their All African Games title and the 2015 FIBA Africa Basketball championship in Tunisia.
The coaches interested in job are to submit there application to the Nigerian Basketball Federation secretariat and the best candidate will be selected after interviews have been conducted.
According to the President of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, Mr Tijjani Umar, the national team gaffer selection will be based on merit as the team hopes to make a return to the Olympics in Rio 2016 by coming tops at the 2015 Afrobasket in Tunisia, having made their debut at the Olympics in London 2012 via the Olympic Qualifying event in Venezuela.
…National Teams to Camp in Nigeria
The NBBF President also revealed after the meeting that the Men’s and women’s national team will camp in Nigeria ahead of the All Africa Games and the 2015 Afrobasket for men and women.
Mr Umar stated that the teams will be camped in Abuja ahead of their continental showpiece,so as to bring a level playing field for both the foreign and home based players to compete for a place on the team and also practise in the African atmosphere ahead of the tournaments.
The NBBF President also disclosed that a two man task force including himself and the Vice President of the federation, who doubles as the chairman of the Technical committee, Mr Muktar Khaleh will travel to the US to interface with the US based players and organise friendlies and prospective training tour hosts ahead of the competitions.
” We already have friendly matches and pre-tournament competitions mapped out in Europe and in China but we will also plan have a training tour in the United States even though we will camp in Abuja”.
The task force will leave for the United States as soon as the Women’s qualification tournament in Abidjan on May 30th”. He added.
The national basketball team has always had his camping in the US in the last decade or so and it’s about time the players wherever they are based come to the country and give the fans an opportunity to get to know and interact with them.
The resumption date for the D’Tigers will be announced in due course having already qualified for the Afrobasket and All African Games while the D’Tigress (the female national team) will resume camp this week as they prepare to battle for qualification to the continental showpieces from the 26th to 30th of May against the likes of Cote d’ivoire, Ghana and Liberia in Abidjan. The invited players and coaches of the female national camp will be announced after the conclusion of the 1st Phase of Zenith Bank Female Basketball League.