Nigeria’s female basketball team D’Tigress camp came alive on Sunday as players and coaches reported to their base in Maputo for the 2020 pre Olympics qualifiers coming up in Mozambique between Nov. 14 to 17.
The team which comprises of returnee, Atosu Upe, 2019 Afrobasket Most Valuable Player Ezinne Kalu, Promise Anumakara, Atonye Nyingifa, Sarah Imovbioh and Evelyn Akhator were received by the coaching crew led by Otis Hughley.
Elo Edeferioka who was called up by Otis to replace Elizabeth Balogun who could not make the pre-qualifiers has also reported to Maputo.
Others who reported to camp include Jasmine Nwajei, Adaora Elonu, Aisha Balarabe, Ify Ibekwe, Victoria Macaulay and Pallas Kunnayi-Akpannah who may be making her debut for Nigeria if selected in the final 12-man roaster.
Nigeria is grouped alongside host, Mozambique and DR Congo in Group A while Senegal will compete against Angola and Mali in Group B.
The African Champions will begin their 2020 summer Olympics qualifying campaign against DR Congo on 14th November at the Maputo, Pavilhao do Maxaquene before taking on host Mozambique on 16th November 2019 at the same venue.
According to FIBA, three teams from Africa will join 14 other teams from Europe, Asia and the Americas to fight for the 10 slots on offer at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
By: Hanifat Mustapha