Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare and president of Nigeria Basketball Federation NBBF, Engr Musa Kida have lauded D’Tigress qualification for the 2020 Olympics Qualifying Tournament OQT).
The senior women’s national team defeated Mali in the semifinals of the FIBA Africa Pre-Olympic qualifying games on Sunday to secure their spot in the tournament.
After the victory, Minister Dare took to Twitter to congratulate the Nigerian ladies, who are tirelessly gunning for the ticket to feature in Tokyo.
“Congratulations to D’Tigress @DtigressNG for overrunning Mali 74-59 to qualify for the next Olympics window,” he wrote.
Congratulations to D’Tigress @DtigressNG for overrunning Mali 74-59 to qualify for the next Olympics window
— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) November 17, 2019
With the men already qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan, the NBBF boss, on his part, said no stone will be left unturned to see that Nigeria’s chances of a podium finish is brightened with the presence of D’Tigress.
“Again, Nigeria has made proof of basketball in the world. I have no doubt about it and as such, 2020 for us is going to be a good year to show that Nigeria’s basketball has come of age,” said Kida.
Nigeria and Mozambique will join 14 other countries from Americas, Asia-Oceania and Europe to fight for the 10 available slots to the Olympics.
Belgium, China, France and Serbia have been picked by FIBA to host the OQT between the 6th and 9th of February, 2020, with the official draw ceremony taking place on the 30th of November at the FIBA headquarters.