NBBF Hails Buhari, Dare After D’tigress Olympic Qualification
The Nigeria Basketball Federation has traced the qualification of D’Tigress to the immense support of the President, Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, and millions of Nigerian basketball lovers all over the world.
Following the senior women’s national team’s return to the Olympics after 16 years of absence, the board said without the support of the Federal Government, prosecuting the qualifiers would have been difficult.
Ahmadu-Kida also praised the fans for their support for D’Tigers and D’Tigress all through the qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Dare communicated with the team on Saturday via telephone, through the NBBF president immediately after their 2020 Olympic Games’ ticket was confirmed. He congratulated them for doing Nigerians proud.
The D’Tigress qualified for the Olympic Games after two games at the Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament in Serbia.
The defeated Mozambique 85-51 in their first game on Thursday, before losing 70-64 to the hosts in their second group game on Saturday.
Mozambique’s 124-49 loss to the US in their second group game on Saturday.
He promised that adequate arrangements would be put in place to prepare the team for the 2020 Olympics as they continue their journey in making history.
The record-breaking feat saw the men and women national teams qualifying for the same Olympics for the first time.