Nigeria female national team, D’Tigress, will depart on Wednesday for Bamako for the 2017 Afrobasket tournament in Mali.
The delegation which will be led by the Vice President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Babatunde Oguande, will include 14 players, three members of the technical crew led by Sam Vincent and 4 other backroom staff.
Captain Aisha Mohammed (University of Virginia) will be joined by 3rd overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft, Evelyn Akhator (Dallas Wings) who stormed the team’s camp on Monday evening.
Other players include Ezinne Kalu (Savannah State University), Sarah Ogoke (RC Celta Vigo, Spain), Adaora Elonu (Perfumeria Avenda, Spain) and First Bank Basketball club trio of Chioma Udeaja, Nkechi Akashili and Upe Atosu.
The 12 registered players were selected from the pool of 29 players initially invited for the camping exercise will also have Ndidi Madu (University of Florida), Cecelia Okoye (McNeese State University), Ugo Nwaigwe (Temple University, Wanger College) and Nyingifa Atonye Jennifer (Elitzur Holon, Isreal)
Meanwhile, in line with the NBBF’s long term plan, Adaeze Alaeze (Virginia Commonwealth University)and Elawure Tina Odion (First Bank) who have been identified as future prospects have been added to the 12 man roster as they continue their developmental programme with the national team.
D’Tigress will start its campaign against Mozambique on Saturday, August 19.