D’Tigress opens camp in Lagos, Florida today
Nigeria’s women national team basketball team, D’Tigress, will begin camping today on two fronts, with home-based players and some others holidaying in the country scheduled to start training in Lagos, while their foreign-based counterparts will converge in Orlando, Florida.
According to the new Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), which was inaugurated at the weekend by the Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, the teams would be coached by former national team manager, Sam Vincent, who will start the preparations with the Florida-based side.The Lagos camp will be supervised by First Bank’s Peter Favour Ahmedu and Ochuko Okorogun of Dolphins.
Meanwhile, new NBBF president, Musa Kida has assured that his board will give D’Tigress the support to succeed at the championship, adding that NBBF is ready to revamp basketball from the grassroots.
He said plans were on to ensure the men’s national team began preparations early for the male version of the Afrobasketball tourney billed to hold from September 8.
A release by the NBBF secretary, Chimezie Asiegbu, lists the players to camp in Orlando, Florida, to include Ezinne Kalu, Promise Amukamara, Adaeze Alaeze, Helen Ogunjimi, Ayoleka Sodade, Ndidi Madu, Cecilia Okoye, Aisha Mohammed, Patience Okpe, Sarah Imovbioh, Ugo Nwaigwe, Balogun Elizabeth, Joyce Ekworomadu and Evelyn Akhator.
Among the players to converge at the Lagos camp are the foreign-based trio of Sarah Ogoke, Uju Ugoka and Adaora Elonu. They are holidaying in the country.
Among the Lagos-based players are nine First Bank players, including Chioma Udeaja, Nkechi Akashili,Upe Atosu, Elawure Tina Odion, Akaraiwe Nkem, Ukato Igere Magdalene and Nwamaka Deborah Chidinma.
From Dolphins are Ulabo Queen Roseline and Olaosebikan Tokunbo, Plateau Rocks has one player, Ume Nwamaka Gloria, while IGP Queens has two, Okonkwo Grace and
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