D’Tigress captain, Adaora Elonu said the victory over Greece that secured a quarter final ticket for Nigeria was a well deserved one against a team that were also hungry for a win.
“The victory was very difficult but we are happy that at the end, we won. Winning the game for Africa and Nigerians in the presence of the Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung who today turned 54 made it extra special.”
The game which was only tied in the first quarter, saw the D’Tigress end the second, third and fourth quarters (31-26, 48-37, 57-56) as winners.
NBBF Vice President, Babs Ogunade lauded the never say die spirit of the girls.
He said the qualification for the quarter finals of the World Cup marks a new dawn in the history of basketball in Nigeria.
“Now, the whole world will start taking us seriously as we have registered our name on the global basketball map.”
The federation is proud of the girls while Nigerians around the world are walking tall because of this victory against Greece.”
Ogunade said the team will savor the victory and qualification for a while before hitting the gym on Thursday to prepare for the quarter final clash against World number one, United States of America on Friday.”