Nigeria’s Senior Women National Basketball team, D’Tigress, will arrive the country on Monday for the next phase of their 2018 FIBA Women World Cup in Spain.
The team led by Hughley Otis will have their last training in Atlanta, USA on Saturday before departing on Sunday.
According to Peter Ahmedu, the assistant coach, one player will be dropped from the 14 in camp before leaving.
“Presently, we have 14 players including Adaora Elonu who has been drafted by Atlanta Dreams. We will reduce to 13 players before we leave for Lagos. We will be able to drop 1 more player because we have 3 players (Uju Ugoka, Nkem Akaraiwe and Nkechi Akashili) back home for the next phase of our preparation.”
Ahmedu adds that the team has completely settled in under new coach, Otis Hughley, and are focused FIBA World Cup, Spain 2018.
He described the experience as wonderful, expressing remains optimism they will have a good outing at the world cup.
“The adjustment has been so tremendous. The players are adjusting day by day while the team chemistry has continued to improve. By the time we round off here on Saturday, we would have been able to achieve our set goal,” he added.
“Coach Otis came with different dynamics and techniques both offense and defence which has actually helped the team. He has seen the energy and ability of the girls and we have been able to adjust.”
The current African Champions will start training on Tuesday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.