Sunday Dare – the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has poured encomiums on Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, D’Tigress, for their victory at the 2021 Women’s Afrobasket championship in Cameroon.
The Nigerian ladies, now African queens of the court, captured their third consecutive Afrobasket title on Sunday after beating Mali by 70-59 in the final.
The performance of D’Tigress was so dominant all through the championship that many bookmakers had tipped them to retain their crown even before the Sunday’s final.
An elated Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, says Nigeria’s victory is a confirmation of her dominance of the sport in Africa.
“Clearly now Nigeria’s dominance of the sport is indisputable. This is the evidence that Nigeria’s women basketball can be ranked as a World class programme. We have to sustain this momentum. This is remarkable, winning the Afrobasket Championship for an unprecedented third time,” Dare said.
“I salute the team (D’Tigress) for their professional commitment and execution. They have done the nation proud and maintained the positive results we have achieved in sports in the last few weeks.”
In the last ten weeks, Nigeria has had a lot to cheer in international sports competitions, winning nineteen medals from the Olympics, Paralympics and the World U20 Athletics Championships and now capturing gold for the third consecutive time in the Women’s Afrobasket Championship.