D’Tigress of Nigeria forward Atonye Nyingifa has set the bar high as the team begins their 2020 Olympics Pre qualifiers on Saturday.
The Afrobasket Champions will battle it out with host Mozambique after their opponents DR Congo failed to show up.
The Porta XI Esino of Spain Power forward insists that the African Champions are in Maputo to secure one of two spots available for African countries for next year’s FIBA Women Olympics Qualifying tournament.
“It’s something we can achieve as a team. We only have to focus on what is important,” she told FIBA.basketball
Nigeria made a big statement at FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Tenerife, Spain, last year, finishing in the last eight.
Competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo would be another opportunity for Nyingifa and her teammates to showcase their talent and make their country proud.
“We’re doing it for us, for our people, and for the millions of Africans who believe in us. It means so much for us, and especially for me, as being an African champion has united my family around me.”
“Everything we’ve been doing since the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2019 revolves around the Olympics. It doesn’t matter which tournament we’re in.”
“The end result is to make it to Tokyo 2020. We’re using the tournament in Maputo as a way to show the world why we need to be in the Olympics.”
As a matter of fact, Nyingifa has been an actor of all three of her country’s achievements.
“For the past three years, I have enjoyed serving my country. And it’s nothing short to set history with such a young team in such a short span of time. We’ll take the accomplishment as it comes,” she explained.
It is all about the pride to wear one’s national colors.
“I didn’t play for my national team when I was young. But when you have won a title for your country, it is special, as you know what it feels like”. She concluded
Source: Hanifatu Mustapha