Nigeria’s women’s basketball team, D’Tigress are in good spirits days to the tip off of the 2020 pre-Olympics qualifiers on Thursday.
Reports from their Maputo, Mozambique camp indicate that they had their first training session on Tuesday and coach Otis Hughley is perfecting strategies ahead of their first match.
Nigeria is grouped alongside host- Mozambique and DR Congo in Group A, while Senegal will compete against Angola and Mali in Group B.
Three teams from Africa will join 14 other teams from Europe, Asia and the Americas to fight for the 10 slots on offer at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The Nigerian team, comprising returnee, Atosu Upe, 2019 Afrobasket Most Valuable Player Ezinne Kalu, Promise Anumakara, Atonye Nyingifa, Sarah Imovbioh and Evelyn Akhator.
Elo Edeferioka, who was called up by Otis to replace Elizabeth Balogun, who could not make the pre-qualifiers, has also reported to Maputo.
Others in camp are Jasmine Nwajei, Adaora Elonu, Aisha Balarabe, Ify Ibekwe, Victoria Macaulay and Pallas Kunnayi-Akpannah, who may be making her debut for Nigeria if selected in the final 12-man roster.