Nigeria’s basketball Senior Women National team D’Tigress have defeated Mozambique 85-51to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
In what seemed slow, but surely team Nigeria under the leadership of Otis Hughley broke down the defense of Mozambique, while theirs appeared to be impenetrable.
Team Captain,11 Adaora Elonu kept moving in stealth for those steals, buckets and blocks to the unsuspecting opponent. Elonu had 10 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1 block
Promise Amukamara rattled the opponents defense with her coordinated handles and shots, while 23 Ezinne Kalu charged her way through exhibiting similar damage.
Amukamara got 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals, while Kalu hit 11 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists and 1 steal.
All three players made the double digit mark, but what was more important; all players put their names on the score sheet.
The collective work of the players, hard work and a little luck has brought them this far, and it does not look like it is going to stop anytime soon.
Rookie player Elizabeth Bunmi Balogun caught the attention of the fans, with her scoring ability; creating openings for herself and feeding off team assists.
She made 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals with 16 minutes.
As Nigeria got this win, all indications point to an automatic qualification for the Tokyo Olympics. Notwithstanding, they need to keep winning.
Next match would be against home team Serbia on Saturday and 9th against USA to seal the campaign.
By: Hanifat Mustapha