New coach of the D’Tigress, Otis Hughely has appointed Adaora Elonu as the captain of the Senior Women’s National basketball team ahead of the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain.
The appointment of the former Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca of Spain player who recently got signed by WNBA side, Atlanta Dreams was announced on Friday.
Otis said the decision was taken in the best interest of the team ahead of the championship. He believes her maturity and experience will serve the team well on and off the court.
Adaora replaces the duo of Aisha Mohammed and Kalu Ezinne-Phelps who captained the team to the 2017 Afrobasket win in Mali.
Elonu, one of the most experienced and oldest members of the National team was part of the 2015 Afrobasket bronze medal winning team where she was voted as one of the competition’s best five players.
Elonu was in the Nigerian side that won gold at the Afrobasket 2017 championship in Mali. She averaged 9.1points per game and the team’s high 3.9 assists.