The minister of youth and sports development, Mr Sunday Dare, has hailed the D’Tigress, Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, for winning the 2021 FIBA women’s AfroBasket title.
D’Tigress emerged champions of Africa for the third time in a row after securing a 70-59 points win over Mali in the final match of the 2021 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket on Sunday. The team is only the second team in Africa to win three consecutive titles after Senegal did the same in the 70s.
Mr Sunday Dare gave the commendation on Monday during a reception held at the VIP Lounge of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, to welcome the victorious Nigerian ladies who won the title for the third consecutive time on Sunday after a 70-59 defeat of their Malian counterparts in the final in Yaounde.
The minister described the team’s victory as a befitting gift to Nigerians as the country celebrates its 61st Independence anniversary.
“We now have the queens of basketball. I can confidently say that Nigeria is now a world basketball nation following its performance over the years. The federal government remained committed to supporting the development of sports in the country.
Two Nigerians – Adaora Elonu and Ezinne Kalu – were also selected into the team of the tournament. Elonu was also voted as MVP for the tournament.