By Olayinka Elebute
Nigeria’s women basketball national team, D’Tigress assistant coach, Peter Ahmedu has heaped praises on the players for putting up good performance during the Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, where they picked a ticket to Tokyo 2020.
Ahmedu went on to promise that D’Tigress will work harder to get even better their performance at the Olympics later this year, as he said they want to make history by achieving Nigeria’s biggest marks ever in the women’s basketball event of the Games.
Although D’Tigress lost their last two matches of the competition, against hosts Serbia and USA, Ahmedu said that the team had done enough to nick the ticket to Tokyo, Japan with another victory over fellow-Africans, Madagascar, which they have now defeated three times in a row.
He went on to hail the players’ efforts in their last game against USA, as the Nigerian team lost by just five points and stressed that the team will get better when next they regroup, ahead of which all lapses have been identified and will be dealt with as soon as preparations begin.
Ahmedu stated: “D’Tigress have done well, and we praise them. Kudos to the players for their efforts. They gave all they can, so much passion and intensity, even when they lost their last two matches. They showed determination to achieve something, and I praise them for that. I hail D’Tigress, they have done well, and I believe they will get better and do better.
“I give kudos to D’Tigress and if we are in top gear in our full preparation towards the Olympics, the lapses which we have seen so far, the intensity, the team chemistry must come up together and that will take us to the next level. So, we thank D’Tigress for a good outing here qualifying for the Tokyo 2020, we hope to do better when the training camp starts.”