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BASKETBALL: D’TIGRESS HIT CAMP IN MAPUTO FOR PRE-OLYMPICS QUALIFIERS

By Olayinka Elebute

Nigeria’s women national basketball team, D’Tigress has regrouped camp in Maputo for the 2020 pre-Olympics qualifiers holding in Mozambique from November 14 to 17.

The team made up of returning Atosu Upe, 2019 Afrobasket Most Valuable Player Ezinne Kalu, Promise Anumakara, Atonye Nyingifa, Sarah Imovbioh and Evelyn Akhator were received by the coaching crew led by Otis Hughley on Sunday.

Elo Edeferioka who was called up by Otis to replace Elizabeth Balogun who could not make the pre-qualifiers has also reported to Maputo.

Others who reported to camp include Jasmine Nwajei, Adaora Elonu, Aisha Balarabe, Ify Ibekwe, Victoria Macaulay and Pallas Kunnayi-Akpannah who may be making her debut for Nigeria if selected in the final 12-man roster.

Nigeria is grouped alongside hosts Mozambique and DR Congo in Group A while Senegal will compete against Angola and Mali in Group B.

The team will have its first training session on Monday ahead the event starting on Thursday, 13th of November.

According to FIBA, three teams from Africa will join 14 other teams from Europe, Asia and the Americas to compete for the 10 slots on offer at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

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