Reigning Africa champion D’Tigress will leave for Dakar, Senegal today to defend their title at the FIBA Africa Women Afrobasket, which will hold from the 10th to 18th of August.
The Nigeria Women Basketball team defeated Senegal to win the title two years ago in Mali and will have to be at their best to retain the title.
Nigeria is drawn alongside Cameroun and Tunisia in Group B.
Captain Adaora Elonu leads the preliminary squad of 14 players with others like Jasmine Nwajei, Elo Edeferioka, Promise Amukamara, Theresa Onwuka, Aisha Balarabe, Sarah Imovhioh, Ezinne Kalu and Victoria Macaulay, Ifunaya Ibekwe, Kunaiyi Pallas Akpannah, Atonye Nyingifa, Sarah Ogoke and Evelyn Akhator made the squad lists.
It was gathered that the 14 players would travel to Dakar where the final 12-man roster would be announced.
The Nigerian team has been preparing for the championship in Lagos under the guidance Coach Otis Hughley who led the team to victory two years ago in Bamako.
Captain of the team, Adaora Elonu, who spoke at the unveiling of the New Jersey for the team by AFA Sports, stated that the team would go to Senegal to do the country proud.
“It will be tough in Senegal but we are prepared to give our best and retain our title. We have been training hard to be in top shape and I am sure we will all be fit when the championship begins.”
She urged Nigerians to support the team as they gun for a back-to-back title in Senegal. “It is possible to win the title in Senegal with the support of our countrymen. On our part, we will do our best to do our country proud.”