"We are heading to Mali to win the cup, and I expect our ladies to play what we call Nigeria Women’s Basketball – and that is physical, that is aggressive, that is hard and that is fast. That is how we have been training and I expect them to carry that mentality to the court."

With these words coach of Nigeria’s national women’s basketball team, Sam Vincent made clear the target of the team as they head to Mali for the 2017 Afrobasket Women’s Championship.

Vincent on Tuesday released a final list of 12 registered players and two reserves for the championship that dunks off on Saturday.

After camping in Orlando, USA, 29 players were invited to camp in Lagos, Nigeria and finalized the week-long training.

“We started camp in Orlando, USA with the foreign based women where we spent about 10 days there. That camp went very well and then we came down to Lagos to meet up with some of the local based players, and so we were able to merge the two camps and mirror out team down to where we are now.” Vincent told Bounce News.

“Nothing easy coming up with the final list, that was probably one of the most difficult things, because all the ladies worked very hard, they all wanted to compete for their country, so it was difficult coming up with the final list.

“But that is what we have to do, we wanted to make the best decision to be successful in Mali, that is how we came up with the final 12 players.

D’Tigress' first game is against Mozambique on Saturday.

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