By Bamidele Boluwaji:
Nigeria Basketball Federation have confirmed to Completesportsnigeria.com that the America-based national women's basketball team, D'Tigress, preparing for the 2017 Afrobasket for Women holding in Bamako, Mali from August 18 to August 27 will arrive in Nigeria on Saturday, August 5 to join their Nigeria-based counterparts ahead of the tourney.
According to a board member, retired Colonel Sam Ahmedu, the team handled by American coach Sam Vincent has been impressive in their preparation toward the tournament.
It was gathered that the team will leave Florida where they have spent some weeks for Lagos on August 4 and arrive on August 5.
Ahmedu further revealed that Vincent will come to Nigeria with nine outstanding players from the camp while thee players will be added from the Nigerian camp to form the 12 players that will represent Nigeria at the tournament .
Ahmedu said: “I can confirm the number because the coach has briefed us on the job so far. The number will be completed from the Lagos camp.”
Vincent led Nigeria to win the tournament for the first time in 2003 in Mozambique and successfully defended the title with Ayo Bakare as coach in 2005 in Abuja.