How we emerged Champions — D’Tigress’ Captain
Captain of the victorious D’Tigress team to the just concluded women AfroBasket championship in Bamako, Mali, Aisha Mohammed has attributed their victory in the competition to hard work and determination.
She told State House correspondents shortly after meeting President Muhammad Buhari on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting that the team worked very hard which enabled them win all their eight matches even as she commended the technical crew led by Coach Sam Vincent, for doing a wonderful job and the NBBF for motivating the team throughout the duration of the championship.
Aisha who described their quarter-final game against host nation Mali as the toughest noted that they are ready to put up a good performance at the FIBA World Cup slated for next year in Spain.
*** Buhari rewards D’Tigress team with N1m each
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced cash rewards of N1m each for members of the women’s national basketball team, D’ Tigress, who won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournament in Mali and qualified for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.
He also gave the team’s officials N500, 000 each.
Buhari made the announcement while hosting the victorious players before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, to ensure the money was released to the players and officials immediately.
The President assured the team of the Federal Government’s support to ensure that they excelled against other top competitors in Spain.
The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung, attributed the team’s victory to what he described as ongoing silent reforms in the ministry.
He said having realised the problems in the sector, the ministry was determined to take steps that would spur Nigerian athletes to glory.
“The reforms have started paying off,” he said.
The minister also attributed the success of the team to the new leadership in the federation, who are determined to bring success to the game in the country.