*They can conquer Africa
President of FIBA Zone 3, Colonel Samuel Ahmedu (rtd) on Saturday showed his excitement with the second win of the nation’s senior basketball national team, D’Trigress’ against Mozambique at the ongoing Afrobasket tournament in Mali. D’Tigress defeated Mozambique, 80-69 in their opening game in the ongoing competition which dunked off on the 18th August in Bamako, Mali.
D’Tigress coasted to a 84-47points win over their Democratic Republic of Congo opponents in the second group game Saturday at the ongoing Afrobabasket for Women.
The Sam Vincent side opened the first quarter with 23-7points, while the Congolese fought back in the second quarter as they attempts to snatch the lead but the Nigerian side were resolute to end the quarter by 18-22 points.
On resumption for the third and final quarters, the D’Tigress retained the gap as they led by 11-8 points and 32-9 points to secure their second victory of the group.
The Nigerian lasses will square up with north African giants, Egypt, on Sunday.
Ahmedu said that winning the first game, is usually more difficult especially against a very tactically sound team like Mozambique. They then went on to majestically beat Congo DR. they only need to work on Egypt tomorrow (Sunday) to consolidate on the group.
Ahmedu, a former national team player is a high ranking FIBA Technical Commissioner said “we are happy that we won the first two matches. It doesn’t matter, whether it is by 11, 5 or 3 points, a win is a win. It’s good to start well and hold on to winning.
“The second victory will boost them against Egypt. His excitement is further increased in the girls because “in the two matches, you can see they in in the best of physical conditions.
“The major positives that I have taken from these two games are that even at the end of the game, it was obvious that our team could go another half. We have not left everything on the court, we just played to win and we trailed only once throughout the first game. It shows we have the staying power and we have so many offensive weapons.”
Ahmedu, a sitting NBBF Board member described D’Tigress team as one that can go physical if situation warrants. We have physical players like Aisha Mohammed, Cecilia Okoye, Evelyn Akhator and, but above all, we don’t let our strength determine our game, we try to let our skills determine our game.”
Ahmedu added that it was good to be physical so that the team will not be intimidated in a situation where their opponents decide to go hard and tough on the court. Congo Democratic Republic had lost their opening group match to Egypt, 72-99.
In other results decided on match day one, defending champions Senegal beat Guinea 105-39, Cote D’Ivoire defeated Central African Republic, 104-57. Angola edged Cameroon, 78-56, host Mali trashed Tunisia, 86-48.