African champions D’Tigress (image courtesy FIBA)

Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung has charged Nigeria’s female basketball team, D’Tigress, to make the country proud at the 2018 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

The Nigerian side will play in Group B alongside Australia, Argentina and Turkey as the competition dunks off on 22 September.

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And speaking during a farewell reception in honour of the team, Dalung said: “It is a compact team and patriotic and determined at every time to make the country proud at every time.

“So as they move out from their training and the unity amongst them, the organisational capacity, we are indeed hopeful that the team will go a long way in their outing in Spain.

But he hinted that the ladies should stay away from performance-enhancing drugs.

“This administration has a principle and that is, that we believe that anything that we are going to gain should be very clean,” he added

“Meaning that there should be no cutting of corners, as young people, they need to be guided right.

“We need to make them resist the temptation of thinking that in their zeal to make their country proud, they can take prohibited substances.

“That will at the end of the day not only destroy them as individuals, but the integrity of the country.

“So if we are losing, we should lose gallantly and clean, free and fair but if we must win, it should not be tinted, we will not welcome any tinted troupe in Nigeria.’’