The Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), has invited 20 players to the D’Tigress camp ahead of the FIBA Afrobasket Women Championship which is to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
The 2023 Women Afrobasket begins on July 28th and ends on August 6th.
Five players from the local leagues made the cut and were handed an invitation.
The newly appointed head coach of the Nigeria senior national female team D’Tigress, Rena Wakama is expected to lead the team to camp in Abuja.
Nigerian D’Tigress is the defending champion of the competition after winning the title consecutively.
The team is made up of 15 players plying their trade outside Nigeria and five others from First Bank, MFM and Customs Basketball Club in the domestic league.
The home-based players that made the cut are MFM’s Hembam Wandoo, Akaraiwe Nkem Uwa of Nigeria Customs as well as First Bank trio of Murjanatu Musa Linan, Mac-Dangosu Theresa and Theresa Anta Joy Ebiega.
Wakama will be assisted by Sotiminu Samson, Juli Negedu, Prince Eazela and Aisha Mohammed.
D’Tigress will play in group D along with Egypt and Congo DR.
This is the complete list of invitees:
✓ Toyosi Abiola -Point Guard- Eastern Michigan University, USA
✓ Tomi Taiwo -Point Guard- Texas Christian University, USA
✓ Onaibe Believe Jessica -Point Guard- ASPAC, Benin Republic
✓ Okoro Ifunaya -Center- KPA, Kenya
✓ Sarah Ogoke -Shooting Guard- Ferroviario, Mozambique
✓ Elizabeth Balogun -Power Forward- Duke Blue Devils, USA
✓ Mariam Olawoyin -Power Forward- Chipola College, USA
✓ Adeyeye Adebola -Power Forward- Kentucky Wilscats, USA
✓ Amanda Okodugba -Power Forward- Grindavik, Iceland
✓ Amy Okonkwo -Power Forward- Halcones, Mexico
✓ Lix Dixon -Power Forward- Connecticut, WNBA, USA
✓ Pallas Akpanah -Power Forward- Campobassi, Italy
✓ Olawuyi Adenike Olayemi -Center- Pea University, Hungary
✓ Lorine Ebo -Center- Notre Dame, USA
✓ Blessing Ejiofor -Center- Western Virginia University, USA
✓ Theresa Anta Joy Ebiega -Point Guard- First Bank, Nigeria
✓ Mac-Dangosu Theresa -Power Forward- First Bank, Nigeria
✓ Murjanatu Musa Linan -Power Forward- First Bank, Nigeria
✓ Akaraiwe Nkem Uwa -Power Forward- Customs, Nigeria
✓ Hembam Wandoo M -SG- MFM, Nigeria