By Johnny Edward:
D’Tigress's point guard, Sarah Ogoke, has admitted that the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled to dunk off in Nantes, France, from 13-19 June won't be an easy task, but is confident the Nigerian tean will succeed.
Having been drawn in Group C along with Belarus and Korea, Ogoke says she and her teammates must win at least three games to earn one of the five spots on offer for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.
The 25 year old RC Celta guard who has averaged 14.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 assist per game so far in the Spanish division was however wary of the threats Belarus duo of Lindsey Harding and Yelena Leuchanka poses to their ambitions.
"Belarus is a big team with a lot of height and veteran players. They are well coached and have WNBA experience in their key point guard and centre; Lindsey Harding and Yelena Leuchanka," Ogoke told FIBA.com.
The 1.75m guard also added that Nigeria have in-depth quality to qualify for the Olympics.
She said: "Nigeria has a lot of great players. For us to secure a ticket to Rio, we'll all need to perform as a collective unit. We'll need to remain cohesive through the ups and downs of each match.”
Nigeria will open their Group Phase taking on Belarus on 13 June, before facing Korea the following day.