Basketball: D’Tigress Fired Up For World Cup After N17.5m Windfall
Hit songs from Davido 'Fall' and Korede Bello’s God Win are tunes that the members of the all-conquering Nigeria women basketball team, D'Tigress will find sonorous at this time.
Indeed, this approaching yuletide season should be one of the best for D’Tigress as the 17.5million Naira promised the team for conquering Africa has been paid by the Federal Government.
Captain of the team, Aisha Mohammed, says the latest gesture will spur the D’Tigress to do better in future.
Speaking on her team mates’ behalf after receiving the transaction alert of 1 million Naira which is her own share of the presidential reward, the captain said the move was timely as they head into 2018 which is the FIBA women's world cup year.
Aisha said the recent action by his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, was a bold statement of intent ahead of their preparation for the world cup.
“We believe that his Excellency will make funds available through the Ministry of Sports for adequate preparation. Like we have continued to maintain, we don’t intend to participate at the 2018 FIBA world cup just to make up the numbers, we want to show the world that we can compete favourably with the best in the world.”
In the same vein, the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and Dallas Wings' player, Evelyn Akhator is optimistic that the recent gesture will help in swaying Nigerians making waves in leagues across Europe and America to come back home and represent their fatherland.
Players were paid 1 million Naira each while the 5 Technical crew each got 500,0000 Naira.
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