The D’Tigress have called on the Federal Government to overturn Nigeria’s withdrawal from international basketball competitions for two years.
Their plea followed the ban, which was announced by the Minister of Sports and Youth Development Sunday Dare, last week. He pinned the decision on the need to revamp the game amid a power tussle in the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).
But in a letter on Friday, the female team which recently qualified for the FIBA Women’s World Cup competition, faulted the move, insisting it would erase all they have worked for.
“The D’Tigress team would like to state that we do not agree with this ban. This ban is taking away all our future competitions, accomplishments, and goals to elevate, inspire, and make Nigeria proud,” the team said in a Twitter tread
“We would like to be given the opportunity to play for our country that we passionately love to represent in this upcoming @FIBAWWC competition.”
The African champions argued that the team “worked very hard to be 3x Afrobasket Champions, Olympians and now we are blessed with another opportunity to continue that representation for Nigeria.
“We want Nigerian Basketball to continue to grow and succeed on every level; from the local leagues, grassroots, and even on the international stage!
“We believe that all levels of Nigerian basketball can excel with the proper attention, togetherness, and organization. Our team is a testament to how successful Nigerian Basketball can be and how we have been an inspiration to all Nigerian athletes across the globe.”
While thanking their coaches, medical staff, organisers, and fans for their support, the D’Tigress said the ban also affects this set of persons.
“Your commitment and loyalty to our team will never go unnoticed,” the statement added.
“Our goal is to play and represent Nigeria proudly! We, as the Nigerian Women’s National Team plea for the reversal of the International Basketball ban for Nigeria. We hope to be heard! Thank you.”
Before the two-year ban, the Nigerian girls were scheduled to play at the FIBA Women’s World Cup later this year in Australia.
They were grouped alongside Australia, France, Japan, Serbia, and Canada for the competition which runs from September 22 to October 1.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday evening arrived in Kigali, Rwanda for the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday had a correspondence with Bloomberg, and in that exchange, he had so much to say…
Prince Charles laid a wreath on Wednesday at a memorial to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda during the first…
Eight medical personnel will stand trial for alleged criminal negligence in the death of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, according…
Gunmen have beheaded a former Anambra State lawmaker Mr. Nelson Achikwu. The headless body of the man, who was physically…
The Ekiti State governor-elect and his deputy have been presented with certificates of return by the electoral umpire following the…