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5 Take-Aways From D'Tigress' 5th Afrobasket Triumph

Nigeria earlier today clinched their fifth FIBA Women's Afrobasket title, third on the bounce after defeating Mali 70-59 in the final match of the 2021 edition at City, Arena, Yaounde, Cameroun.

The D'Tigress, who won the last two editions, dominated their West African rivals from start to finish, playing with instinctive fluency and the sort of flair that leaves diehards spellbound.

Here are some take-aways from Nigeria's triumphant campaign at the tournament that ran from September 17-26 in Cameroun.

Nigeria Win The Trophy For Keeps

Nigeria keeps the trophy after recording a hat-trick of triumphs. They were champions at the last two editions in 2017 and 2019.

Elonu bags MVP, Named Among All-Tournament Team

D'Tigress' captain Adaora Elonu bagged the Most Valuable Player award of the tournament as she coordinated the team to a third straight continental title. Elonu, who scooped 12 points, four rebounds in the final was also named among the All-Tournament team alongside Nigeria team-mate, Ezinne Kalu.

Unbeaten in 19 Games

Today's victory against Mali meant Nigeria are unbeaten in their last 19 games. Five of them were recorded at this edition by defeating Mozambique 67–50 in their opener game and thrashed Angola 65–85 to top Group B. They defeated Ivory Coast 72-56 at the quarter-finals, overran Senegal 73-62 at the semi-finals and claimed the scalp of Mali in the final.

Six Years Dominance In Africa

Today's triumph has seen the D'Tigers dominate African for six years, carting home five Afrobasket titles. They remain the number one team on the continent and 16th in the world.

Qualify For 2022 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup

By winning the 25th edition of AfroBasket Women, Nigeria qualified for 2022 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup alongside runners-up Mali. The tournament will be held in Sydney, Australia between 22 September and 1 October 2022.

Nigeria put up a superb showing at the last edition in 2018, as they made history as the first African country to reach the quarter-finals.


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