D’Tigress’ American coach, Sam Vincent, has assured that coming to Africa to fight for the 2017 Afrobasket Championship for women title will not be an arduous task, Completesportsnigeria.com
The tournament will dunk off on August 18 in Bamako, Mali .
Vincent who will lead Nigerian team out on Wednesday aboard Air Cote D’Ivoire for the tournament told Completesportsnigeria.com that he has strong confidence in the the talents of the players selected to represent Nigeria in the tournament .
“I have taken my time to study African basketball, I work with African basketballers In the United States, and I don’t think coming back to Nigeria to win another title will be difficult, ” Vincent told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“The players have done a lot with the support of the NBBF, and I am hoping they will give their best and return with the title.”
Speaking on the D’Tigress’ opening game against Mozambique on Saturday, the American assured that his players will approach the game with seriousness to ensure they win.
” It is our first game and we must try as much as possible to win, I have played Mozambique before and I know the quality players in their team,” Vincent assured.
The 12 players expected to embark on the journey to Mali on Wednesday are captain, Aisha Mohammed (University of Virginia) and 3rd overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft, Evelyn Akhator (Dallas Wings) who stormed the team’s camp on Monday evening.
Others players include Ezinne Kalu (Savannah State University), Sarah Ogoke (RC Celta Vigo, Spain), Adaora Elonu (Perfumeria Avenda, Spain), Chioma Udeaja (First Bank Basketball club), Nkechi Akashili (First Bank Basketball club) and Upe Atosu (First Bank Basketball club.
Also listed for the trip are Ndidi Madu (University of Florida), Cecelia Okoye (McNeese State University), Ugo Nwaigwe (Temple University, Wanger College) and Nyingifa Atonye Jennifer (Elitzur Holon, Israel).
The Technical crew will consist of two assistant coaches, Peter Ahmedu and Ochuko Okoro gun, while Mfon Udoka (General Manager) and Amachree Mactaben (Player Development Manager) will form part of the delegation for this year’s apex women’s basketball tournament in Africa.
And in line with the NBBF’s long term plan, Adaeze Alaeze (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Elawure Tina Odion (First Bank) who have been identified as future prospects have been added to the 12 man roster as they continue their developmental programme with the national team.