The Nigeria Basketball Federation has called up 28 players to begin camping in Atlanta, USA ahead of the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain in September.
The list which includes 10 players from the 2017 AfroBasket winning team in Mali is headlined by WNBA players, Evelyn Akhator of Dallas Wings and Ify Ibekwe of New York Liberty. The invited players are to report to camp on Wednesday, 18th July, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Team captain, Aisha Mohammed makes a return alongside co-captain, Ezinne Kalu, Sarah Ogoke, Cecilia Okoye, Nkechi Akashili, Upe Atosu, Atonye Nyingifa (Duran Maquinaria Ensino, Spain), Adaora Elonu (Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca , Spain) and Yakin Dugu of Argentina centre, Ugo Uwaigwe who were all part of the 2017 title winning team.
Nicole Enabosi with the University of Delaware basketball team who made the 2018 CAA All-First Team, All-Defensive Team and the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s basketball player of the year has also been invited to camp alongside Hungary based Sarah Imovbioh, Nkem Akaraiwe (First Bank of Lagos) Uju Ugoka and Belgium based Elem Ibiam.
Others on the 28 man list are US based Patience Nene Okpe, Promise Amukamara, Ayoleka Sodade, Elizabeth Balogun, Ijeoma Ajemba and the duo of James Juliet and Adaeze Alaeze who will be hoping to break into the team.
NCAA star with University of Syracuse, Jasmine Nwajei, Amy Okonkwo (Texas Christian University), Ashley Ezeh, Felicia Aiyeotan (University of Virginia) and Edeferioka Elo (Celta Zorka, Spain) complete the list of players called up by the D’Tigress Technical crew headed by Sam Vincent.
After the first phase of training in Atlanta, the team will return to Nigeria for the final phase of camping before jetting out to Turkey for some Grade A friendlies before the tip off at the FIBA 2018 Women World Cup in Tenerife , Spain from September 20 to 30.
1.Ezinne Kalu (PG) – Vasa Akademia, Hungary
- Upe Atosu (PG) – Labette College, (NJCAA)
- Promise Amukamara (PG) – Alexandria, Romania
- Jasmine Nwajei – (PG ) – University of Syracuse, (NCAA)
- Patience Nene Okpe (PG) -Panola College, (NJCAA)
6.Sarah Ogoke ( SG)- RC Celta, Spain
- Nkechi Akashili (SG) – First Bank, Nigeria
- Ayoleka Sodade (SG)- University of Buffalo, NY ,(NCAA)
- Elizabeth Balogun (SG) – Hamilton heights, Christian Academy, USA
- Ijeoma Ajemba (SG/SF) – University of North Carolina Greenboro (NCAA)
- Adaeze Alaeze (SG) Ciudad de la Adelantos, Spain
12.Adaora Elonu (SF) -Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca , Spain
- Atonye Nyingifa (SF) – Duran Maquinaria Ensino, Spain
14.Cecilia Okoye (SF) – Oviedo, Spain
- Ify Ibekwe (SF) – New York Liberty, WNBA
- Nicole Enabosi (SF) – University of Delaware (NCAA)
- Sarah Imovbioh (PF/C)- PEAC -Pecs, Hungary
- Nkem Akaraiwe (SF)- First Bank, Nigeria
- Uju Ugoka (PF) -Roche Vendee, France
- Amy Okonkwo (PF) – Texas Christian University (NCAA)
- Evelyn Akhator (PF) – Dallas Wings, WNBA
- Juliet James (PF) – Georgia State University, (NCAA)
- Ashley Ezeh (PF/C) – ADBA, Spain
- Aisha Mohammed ( C ) – Istanbul University , Turkey
- Felicia Aiyeotan (C) – University of Virginia (NCAA).
- Edeferioka Elo (C) – Celta Zorka – Spain
- Ugo Uwaigwe (C) – Yakin Dugu U, Argentina
- Elem Ibiam (C) – Kangoeroes, Belgium