D’tigress forward Evelyn Akhator says the team will hope to do well at Tokyo Olympics, before turning attentions to the next FIBA women’s world cup in 2022.
The African champions shocked the world when they reach the quarter-final of the 2018 FIBA women’s world cup in Tenerife where their incredible run was halted by the Americans.
The team has since continued their dominance on the continent, winning the African title and also picked Africa’s sole ticket to the Olympic.
D’tigress qualified for games despite losing 64-70 to host-Serbia in their second group game at the FIBA Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament back in February.
Meanwhile many expect the team to build on their success in Tennerife and challenge for a medal at the Olympics, as well as for world title in 2022 FIBA world cup.
Akhator, however, admitted that the Nigerian side has come of age to be among the best in the world, but only thinking of doing well at the Olympics, before turning their attention to the next FIBA women’s world cup in 2022.
“It’s a step at a time, we focus more on Olympic next year and our goal is to get a medal.”
“And after then we look at the next FIBA world cup,” she told Brila FM
The Edo State-born forward who has played in the United States, Russia, Turkey, Spain, and now France, also added that participating in the next Olympics will help the popularity of the team and the game of Basketball in Nigeria.