D’Tigress Win Confirms Nigeria’s Africa Dominance
The D’Tigress have restored the Nigeria’s lost glory in the just concluded Women Afrobasketball championship having defeated defending champions, Senegal to clinch the title for the third time after 12 years. D’Tigress coaches Sani Ahmed and Scott Nnaji have said the victory of Nigeria’s basketball team at the FIBA Africa Championship for Women which took place in Mali has confirmed the country’s dominance of sports in Africa. Nigeria won Afrobasket Women title after beating former champions Senegal 65-48. The former national team coaches said that D’Tigress shows what Nigeria could do on the world scene with adequate preparations.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the female basketball team for winning the 2017 FIBA Women Basketball World Cup in Spain. The president commended the players for displaying uncommon strength, confidence and skills over their victory. He assured the team, its managers and the Nigeria Basketball Federation of his support and that of the federal government to ensure they excel against other competitors.
Mikel Obi and Victor Moses Leads 24 Others in Super Eagles First Training
Mikel obi and Victor Moses lead 24 others super Eagles players at their first training session which took place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo. The training session was in preparation for Friday’s mega clash against Cameroon which is the 2018 World cup qualifier. Also present at the training is the technical crew led by Gernot Rohr while goalkeeper’s coaches Enrico Pionetti and Alloy Agu took the three goalkeepers through their paces.
My presence in Super Eagles will bring Good luck - Nwakaeme
Nwakaeme has predicted that his first call up to natural team will be a good omen for the super Eagles. The striker expressed optimism that he would be able to help in stopping Cameroon in the double-headed fixture.
He said, “First of all, I am happy to be here and it feels so good to be a part of the national team set up. I have always wanted to play for my country and now that the opportunity is here I hope to seize it with both hands and do my bit when called upon to do so”. He also said, “It does not matter who plays or gets to start, the most important thing is that we are one team and whether I start from the bench or don’t even get to play at all, I want to support this team 100 percent, on or off the pitch, I want to do my part whenever and in whatever capacity I am called upon”.
Akide- Udoh at 42
The federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has sent birthday wishes to legendary former Super Falcons striker Mercy Akide-Udoh, who turns 42 on 27th August, 2017. Akide-Udoh made her debut for the Super Falcons in 1994 under Ismaila Mabo and represented Nigeria at three FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was a member of the Falcons Squad at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic games. She helped Nigeria win three Africa Women’s Cup of Nations titles in 1998, 2000 and 2002. In 2001, she was named the First African Women’s Footballer of the year and was a 1999 and 2004 FIFA World All-Star.
Omagbemi Nominated for Best FIFA Women’s Coach Award.
Former Super Falcons captain Florence Omagbemi has been nominated for the best FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year Award. Omagbemi coached Nigeria to an unprecedented 8th Africa title with a 1-0 victory over host Cameroon 1-0 last December. She contends for the prestigious award with nine (9) other nominees shortlisted by a panel of women’s football experts. The winner will be chosen by a process involving national team coaches, captains, selected media and fans.
By Mercy Kukah