In a highly-charged semi-final encounter between two West African rivals, Nigeria continued her unbeaten run in the competition with a dominant performance.
The reigning African champions took control of the game from tip-off and running at 10-0 in the first two minutes of the game and ending the first quarter 24-8.
Nigeria is in Group B alongside Mozambique and Angola, with Group A having hosts Cameroon, Cape Verde and Kenya.
This followed the September 30th date recently announced by the Federal Ministry of Sports for the Sports Federation elections.
Fresh from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the federation led by Engr Musa Kida said the federation has full confidence in the technical and tactical abilities of the two elite coaches to come good in line with the long term objectives of the federation.
D’Tigress’ loss to Japan made it three losses from three Games they played in Group B of the women’s competition’s group stage, having lost earlier to the US and France.
The result makes it the second straight loss after a narrow 72-81 loss to the United States of America in the first game
With Tokyo 2020 now fully underway, we take a look at both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball events, both of which feature Nigeria as African representatives. The Basketball tournaments will run from till Sunday, 8 August, with all games held at the Saitama Super Arena in greater Tokyo.
In the game arranged to prepare both sides for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, the Americans were totally dominant of the D’Tigress
The bank has extended support to the male and female National Basketball teams by doling out $30,000 (about N15 million).
The ministry noted that Zenith, Access and Guarantee Trust (GT) banks responded in a timely fashion to the appeal by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare for corporate organisations to adopt the national teams.
The team, which landed in Belgium from Las Vegas, United States earlier in the week, showed their intention early in the game as they raced to a 13-9 lead in the first quarter
The Coach Otis Hughley tutored side, who resumed the second phase of camping in Las Vegas, United States of America on May 8, left for Belgium earlier this week where they will face Belgium, Puerto Rico and Serbia at the Lange Munte arena situated in Kortrijk.
This, she believes, is possible courtesy of right personnel selection and better preparation despite admitting the quality of their group B opponents.
In a chat with NBBF media from her base in France, the 2019 FIBA Afrobasket Most Valuable Player said with the right personnel and positive attitude from her teammates, a podium finish in Tokyo is possible.
The reigning African champions, who missed out of the Rio 2016 games, will be presented another chance to prove a point against the team they narrowly lost to at the 2020 Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade.
Speaking from her base in France, the 36th overall WNBA overall draft pick (2015) said to get the best out of the players and turn them into a cohesive unit, long term preparation is needed, which is hinged on heavy funding.
The training camp, which is one of the numerous being put in place by the Nigerian Basketball Federation, has been described as a great concept that allowed the current players in the team bond well with the new faces invited by Coach Otis Hughley.
Reacting to the draws on Tuesday, which pitted the team against World number one, USA, France (fifth ranked team in the world) and host, Japan, the multiple Afrobasket winner said the girls were pretty excited.
Reacting to the draws conducted on Tuesday, the Federation said it is focused on preparing the two Nigerian teams well for the challenges ahead in their quest to make Nigerians proud.