The Nigerian women’s national team, D’Tigers will commence their FIBA Afrobasket Championship title defence against Mozambique on Saturday, 18th of September in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
The team will face Angola on Monday, 20th September with a top place finish as target.
After days of camping, 13 players and officials arrived in Yaoundé on Tuesday and while a few others are billed to get in Wednesday for their 2021 campaign.
The ever impressive team under the watchful eyes of Coach Otis Hughley in the last 4 years has emerged as the most successful team in Africa with back to back Afrobasket titles (2017, 2019) and aiming to win it for the third straight time.
Elizabeth Balogun makes a return to the team alongside Promise Amukamara, Ezinne Kalu, Pallas Kunayi-Akpannah and Ifunanya Ibekwe.
Nkem Akaraiwe has also been listed alongside Amy Okonkwo who is set to make her Afrobasket debut with Oderah Chidom, Nicole Enabosi and Murjanatu Musa.
Sarah Ogoke who is one of the most senior members of the team returns with Victoria Macaulay to the team, to be captained by Adaora Elonu.
The 13 man list will be pruned down to 12 before the commencement of the championship.
Since Engr Musa Kida took over as the Nigeria Basketball Federation President, the team has emerged as the number one team in Africa on the back of a 13-match unbeaten run which has produced two Afrobasket titles.