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Sports Minister Dare hails D’Tigress, promises more support for Basketball

Sunday Dare with D'Tigress

Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Sunday Dare has received FIBA AfroBasket champions, D’Tigress, in Abuja, where he thanked the girls for making the country proud.

The victorious D’Tigress, who conquered Africa back-to-back, and some board members of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) paid a courtesy call to the newly appointed Minister in his office.

The brief ceremony saw the presentation of the 2019 Afrobasket Women trophy, which was won in Dakar last Sunday, to the Honorable Minister.

“We are glad as a federation that we are the first to welcome the new minister to office with a trophy which we won in Senegal,” said Musa Kida, NBBF president.

Addressing the team, Honorable Dare appreciated the team for representing the country well and also promised more support for the sport.

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He also challenged the NBBF board and the D’Tigress to intensify their hard work stressing that the result of hard work is more work.

“Basketball has come to stay in this country. You serve as ambassador for other girls and for the youth that we want to develop. I want to thank you for this victory. Nigerians want to thank you for this second victory,” he said.

“We want more laurels. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari will continue to give the D’Tigress the support it needs both financially and otherwise.

“You heard how the president followed the games and at some point once we have a confirmed date, D’Tigress will be in Abuja and I will lead them to present the cup to President Muhammadu Buhari,” he added.

Present at the event were the duo of D’Tigress players, Sarah Imovbioh and Kunaiyi Pallas Akpannah who represented the team while the NBBF had in attendance, Babatunde Ogunade, Col Sam Ahmedu rtd) and Alhaji Abba Kaka.

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