Elephant Girls name team, set for Angola

First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos have released the names of players for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women taking place in Angola between November 10 and 19, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.

Four players from the Afrobasket-winning team – Nkechi Akashili, Chima Udeaja, Cecilia Okoye, Ugochi Nicole Nwaigwe and Ivorien international Minata Fofana made the list released by the Technical crew led by the Elephant Girls coach, Peter Ahmedu.

Others are Deborah Chidinma Nwakanma, Nkem Uwa Akaraiwe, Titi Bilikis Adekoya, Magdalene Ukato, Tina Akaraiwe, Mary Isuambuk, and American import, Wilson Dominic.

The list was made public in Akure, in the South West of Nigeria where the ladies are camped ahead of the biggest club championship in Africa. They depart Lagos for Luanda, Angola on Wednesday.

Ahmedu stated that the selected players were some of the best in the country and have the experience to do well at the tournament. He is hopeful that the inclusion of five players who took part at the Afrobasket would boost his team and give them the needed morale to do well.

The Elephant Girls, who are the Nigerian and FIBA Zone Three champions, finished third at the last edition in Maputo, Mozambique and hope to play in the final this time.

The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Kida has assured the club of maximum support as they file out against other clubs from Africa.

In a goodwill message Kida said, “We will definitely support you all the way as you take on the rest of Africa. Last year, you came third in Africa. I believe that this year, you can take a step further and bring the title home.”