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Nigeria women gear up for Tokyo

NIGERIA’S Senior National Women’s basketball team has stepped up their preparation for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

D’Tigress (Nigerian Women’s Basketball team) will be in action competing in friendlies against their three group A rivals.

The team, which has 13 players currently in camp, will face International Basketball Federation (FIBA) number 23, Puerto Rico; FIBA number 8 ranked Serbia; and hosts of the friendly games, and FIBA number 6 ranked, Belgium in the Olympic preparation. The fixtures will take place in Lange Munte arena situated in Kortrijk.

Ezinne Kalu, Adaora Elonu, Promise Amukamara, Sarah Ogoke, Sarah Imovbioh and Aisha Balarabe are among the players in camp.

Others include Oderah Chidom, Amy Okonkwo, Atonye Nyingifa, Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah and Nicole Enabosi who are all jostling for a slot on the team to Tokyo.

The duo of Ify Ibekwe and Victoria Macaulay who could not join up with the team during the February camp in Atlanta due to COVID-19 protocols in Europe complete the list of players in camp.

The team will conclude its series of friendlies with another tough game against world number 6, Belgium on Sunday, 30th of May.

D’Tigress drawn in Group B will battle host-Japan, France and World Champions United States of America (USA) at the Olympic games starting on the 23rd, July, 2021.

By The African Mirror