President Buhari to receive victorious D’Tigress
The senior national women basketball team had on Sunday won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship at Bamako in Mali after beating defending champions Senegal in the final match.
President Muhammadu Buhari will be receiving the victorious D’Tigress at Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports, announced on Tuesday.
Dalung who disclosed this during a reception for the new African women basketball champions at the Abuja National Stadium said the ceremony would be in a further appreciation of the team.
“Becoming Women’s AfroBasket champions after 12 years is an achievement worthy of celebration.
“Winning the African Championship for the third time establishes you (Nigeria) as a force to reckon with in African basketball.
“I am convinced that this will boost your confidence to perform well at the World Championship in Spain in 2018,
The Minister said the victory helped to underline his belief that “when we do things the right way, we will always get the right results’’
“However, getting the governance structure of National Sports Federations right was key to success in sports’’
Habu Gumel, The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), praised the team for its performance.
“I look forward to seeing the team perform better at the World Cup in Spain in 2018.But I will advise you all to continue training to maintain this quality standard of play at the World Cup,’’ he said.
Musa Kida, President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF),while presenting the team to Dalung, had said passion, hard work and commitment helped the team to win the competition.
Aisha Muhammed, D’Tigress captain thanked the minister and the board for the support given to the team.