The Nigeria Women's national basketball team; D'Tigress have been given the mandate to do all that is within their reach to conquer the continent at the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket Tournament that would be taking place in Mali.

The charge to D'Tigress is coming from an 'unlikely' source - Nigerian music sensation, Tiwa Savage 

The First Lady of Mavin Records paid a surprise visit to the Protea Hotel abode of the D'Tigress over the weekend and she enjoined the ladies to go all out to prove a point in Mali; especially to those that often relegate the ladies to background.

She said: “I am so elated that I had the opportunity to come here and associate with a team that has been getting some positive rating amongst sports loving Nigerians.

"As a major proponent of the girl/woman power, I so much believe in you to do Nigeria proud when you file out against other countries in Africa.”

Presently rated second in Africa, Tiwa Savage said she was glad to associate with the team which is being tipped by bookmakers to be a strong contender for the 2017 title.

She promised that a better arrangement will be made after the tournament to host the team irrespective of the result recorded at the championship.

"It’s really unfortunate that men are always enjoying a place of pride in Nigeria especially in the sports circle. I want to encourage and motivate you to go to Mali and prove a point and show Nigerians reasons why they should support you.”

She enjoined the team to see themselves as champions and ensure that they do everything possible to bring back the cup.

D'Tigress will begin their campaign at the 2017 Afrobasket against Mozambique on Friday.

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