The female basketball team of Nigeria popularly known as the D’Tigress is Africa Champions once again for the third time in a row. The D’Tigress defeated their Malian counterpart 79-59 inside the indoor hall of the Palais Polyvalent des Sports in Yaounde, Cameroon.
The D’Tigress had earlier won the past two editions of the Afrobasket tournament and made it a hat trick of a win yesterday over Mali. The coach Otis Hughley's tutored side ran out clear winners over their opponent in what was an end-to-end encounter. The D’Tigress won the first quarter with 22-11, the Malians rallied back in the second half and won 13-9 but at the end, it ended 70-59 in favor of the D'Tigress of Nigeria.
The D'Tigress posing with their trophy.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Sunday Dare, has sent in his congratulatory message to the D'Tigress for successfully defending their crown and for making the country proud once again in the continent. He said and I quote,
"Now Nigeria’s dominance of the sport is indisputable. This is the evidence that Nigeria’s women's basketball can be ranked as a World-class program. We have to sustain this momentum. This is remarkable, winning the Afrobasketball Championships for an unprecedented third time".
Above is an extract of the congratulatory message from the Minister of Youth and Sports to the D'Tigress.
Source: Vanguard Online Newspaper.
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