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Otis Hughley targets success as D’Tigress set to defend FIBA AfroBasket title



D'Tigress and coach Otis Hughley

Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress are set to begin their FIBA Afrobasket title defense and Head Coach, Otis Hughley is confident they can attain success.

Ahead of the competition which is billed to hold in Dakar, Senegal, the team have been drawn against Tunisia and Cameroon, and Otis says he can mount a strong title defense with the talents at his disposal.

Having led the team to a historic eighth place finish at the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain, Otis is aware of the buzz already created around D’Tigress, who are currently ranked number 2 in Africa.

The team will hope to bury the ghost of their 2015 misadventure where they narrowly lost to host-Cameroon 70-71 in the semifinal under Coach Scott Nnaji.

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“I know Cameroon has a good history against us. They beat Nigeria in the 2015 semis. At this level, anybody can be beaten any day, so we are taking all the teams as the same. No matter who they are, we are going to play them hard and tough,” the coach told NBBF media.

Despite exuding confidence about their chances at the AFROBASKET holding in Dakar, Otis cautioned that winning the title for the fourth time will not come cheap.

“It is a round ball, no matter what, it is still going to bounce. We are still going to worry about health and how the chemistry is going to pan out this year because we have not had a lot of time to train together,” he added.

The reigning African Champions went 8 games unbeaten to clinch the 2017 title in Bamako, Mali defeating Senegal, 65-48 points to win the title.

Meanwhile, Nigeria (Defending Champions), Senegal (host), Mali and Angola have been tipped as favorites by bookmakers.

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