Nigeria’s D’tigress yesterday emerged winners of the 2019 FIBA Afro Basket Women Championship in Senegal. The Tigress put up a spectacular game against the spirited Senegalese team in what is described as a repeat of the 2017 finals.
Nigeria won 60:55 points against the Perennial rival to make it consecutive triumphs at the African tournament. Nigeria has now become the second team after Angola to win the FIBA Afro Basket Women title back to back.
Meanwhile, the 12th edition of the All African Games will officially open today in the Moroccan city of Rabat. Over 1500 athletes from 54 countries including Nigeria are expected to compete for honors in 26 sports.
Nigeria will participate in 23 events which include Athletics, Football, Table Tennis, Tennis, Badminton and Weight lifting; others are Boxing, Karate, Canoeing and Handball amongst others.
Nigeria Finished second behind Egypt in the 2015 edition in Congo Brazzaville with 47 gold 55 silver and 42 bronze medals.
Meanwhile some events at the African games had began too days ago with Nigeria making a statement in the women’s football. The falconets of Nigeria thrashed South Africa 3:0 in their opening game on Saturday.
While speaking on Team Nigeria’s preparedness, the former Nigerian sprinter Mary Onyali Omagbemi says Nigerian athletes will come out on top during the African games.
Mary Onyali who won several medals for Nigeria during her days on the track says she expects a very healthy rivalry to exist between Nigeria and South Africa in Morocco.
South Africa and Nigeria have been more like a slamming string. They always give us a head to head competition, a very healthy one as far as I can remember. They always give a run for the money. At the end of the day we are friends and I am sure morocco won’t be different.
A total of 51 athletes will represent Nigeria in athletics event at this year’s edition of the All African Games.