Nigeria: Fans Want Financial Reward for d'Tigress for Retaining Afrobasket Title

21 August 2019

As basketball fans continue to celebrate Sunday's D'Tigress triumph in retaining their Afrobasket Women's Nation's Cup title in Dakar, Senegal, they have urged the government to adequately reward the team financially.

The senior national women's basketball team successfully defended the title they won in 2017 by defeating host country, Senegal, 60-55 in an epic final match.

The fans told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that the team was wonderful and had again put Nigeria on the world map as a great basketball nation.

Ochuko Owolabi, a former D'Tigress assistant coach, said that she was happy for the team and for the nation, adding that the players earned their respect through hard work.

"I urge the government to reward them well for this achievement and even double what they were given in the last edition," Owolabi said.

Similarly, Adewunmi Aderemi, who is also a former assistant coach in the 2013 edition, told NAN that the team was fantastic and the players, true heroes of the country.

"The team is outstanding, they are young and vibrant in their approach and they can even win the 2021 edition with the right motivation and preparation.

"However, it is sad that in basketball and other sports you hardly hear the Aliko Dangotes and Femi Otedolas of this world coming to support financially.

"If it were football it would be another thing entirely; sincerely it is high time we give respect to other sports and not just football alone," Aderemi said.

NAN reports that the team was outstanding throughout the tournament defeating all five oppositions to emerge victorious and retain their title.


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