D’Tigress Head Coach, Otis Hughley is confident his team can successfully defend their FIBA Afrobasket Women title when the competition dunkoff on August 10 in Dakar, Senegal.
Following the team’s draw against Tunisia and Cameroon at the official draw ceremony held in Dakar, Senegal on Monday, Hughley said the team can mount a strong title defense with the talents at his disposal.
Having led the team to a historic eighth place finish at the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain, Hughley is aware of the buzz already created around the D’Tigress ranked number 2 in Africa.
The team will hope to bury the ghost of their 2015 misfortune when they narrowly lost to host-Cameroon 70-71 in the semifinal under Coach Scott Nnaji.
“I know Cameroon has a good history against us. They beat Nigeria in the 2015 semis. At this level, anybody can be beaten any day, so we are taking all the teams as the same. No matter who they are, we are going to play them hard and tough.”
Hughley also cautioned that winning the title for the fourth time will not be an easy feat for the reigning champions.
“It is a round ball, no matter what, it is still going to bounce. We are still going to worry about health and how the chemistry is going to pan out this year because we have not had a lot of time to train together.”
The reigning African Champions went 8 games unbeaten to clinch the 2017 title in Bamako, Mali defeating Senegal, 65-48 points to win the title.