Nigeria’s female senior basketball team, D’Tigress have moved up 15 places in the latest FIBA Women’s ranking to 19th spot in the world after their 2018 World Cup participation.
At the last world cup, Nigeria became the first African team to win more than 1 game in a single World Cup tournament and also advance to the quarter final stage of the competition.
Ranked the lowest at 34th before the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain, D’Tigress have now emerged as the 2nd best team in Africa, replacing Angola.
The Coach Otis Hughley-tutored side recorded three wins in a row defeating Turkey, Argentina and Greece before losing to World number one, USA in the quarter final.
While reacting to the latest ranking, NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida expressed delight in the hard work of the federation which saw a better prepared and motivated D’Tigress take on the best teams in the world in a stunning fashion and have finally been recognized.
According to him, with the feat of the team in 2017 when they emerged as African Champions before shocking the world at the 2018 FIBA World Cup, it was just a matter of time before the team took their pride of place.
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Media Officer, NBBF.
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