D’Tigress will shake world basketball, Kida insists

The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Kida strongly believes that the Nigeria’s women team will give more than a good representation of Africa when the 2018 World Cup tips off in Spain next month, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The basketball chief expects wonderful upsets of the bigger teams by the African champions.

Kida said the current crop of players who moved their camp from Atlanta, USA to Lagos on Friday are the best set of players that are available to Nigeria across the world.

Kida who spoke on Monday to mark exactly one year since D’Tigress won the 2017 African championship in Mali, said he is hopeful of a good performance.

He said despite the 2017 set going on an eight-game unbeaten run to clinch the AfroBasket title, the present set of players are an upgrade of the 2017 team.

“I think this is one of the best women’s team that we have, going to such a tournament and I am also very hopeful and quite encouraged by what I have seen them do.”

Kida restated the NBBF’s commitment to giving all the support necessary to the team to put up an excellent show when the World Cup starts on Saturday, 22nd of September in Tenerife, Spain.

“My commitment to the country and basketball stakeholders is that we are going to put up a very excellent show, so let the game begin.”