Nigeria’s senior national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, will on Friday begin their title chase in the 2017 edition of the Afrobasket for Women commences in Bamako on Friday. The Nigerian team led by American coach Sam Vincent left the country for the tournament on Wednesday with full confidence that having camped in both America and Nigeria prior to the tournament, they can go all the way to claim the title and also feature in the World Cup. Having won the Championship in 2003 and 2005 respectively, Sam Vincent believes strongly that the current team captained by Aisha Mohammed will not disappoint and one thing Vincent has not taken away from his plans of winning the title is starting with victory against Mozambique in their opening game. Speaking ahead of the opening game, coach of the side Sam Vincent disclosed that his team are prepared for the tournament and are on high spirits. D’Tigress, who finished the 2015 edition with the bronze medal, are making their 10th appearance at the Afrobasket for Women Championship and will be hoping to replicate their 2003 and 2005 achievements. The Nigerians will compete in Group B along with 2015 champions Senegal, Egypt, Guinea, DR Congo and Mozambique. The tournament will serve as qualification for 2018 World Cup billed to hold in Spain. There are only two slots for Africa at the World Cup.
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