FIBA Women’s W/Cup: D’Tigress Target Upset Against USA
Still buzzing from their quarter final qualifiers win against Greece, the players of the D’Tigress are confident that they can upset USA on the road to a gold medal finish in appreciation of the ever-supportive board and Nigerians.
Speaking after their last training session on Thursday, Atonye Nyingifa said the team’s ultimate target, having qualified for the quarter finals, is to be crowned world champions.
“That is our focus and that is what we are driving at. It just seems that for the past 2 years, our team has had great momentum which can be traced to the federation’s determination to see Nigeria do things right and rule the world.
“As long as we play together, stick together and do what we know to be our identity, I have no doubt in my mind that we are going for the gold.”
The forward who is not unaware of the threat posed by the world number one in their quest to win the coveted trophy said “We are going to expect them to come out playing hard and setting out with their best foot.
“They have a lot of height, speed on their team, they are a great team and they are projected to make it to the championships but I think we are going to go out there and give our best”, Atonye continued.
One of the tournament’s leading rebounders, Evelyn Akhator said “Nobody thought we would make it this far except for the President who said that Nigeria can shock the world. Whoever God wants to win will win no matter the level of opposition.”
Having defeated Turkey, Argentina and Greece who are all ranked in the top 20 in the world, Akhator is not perturbed playing against USA.
“It does not matter who we are facing. They will try to defend their title I really don’t care. We have come this far and we are not looking back''
The game comes up on Friday, September 28th at 11:30 am.
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