D’Tigress defeated hosts Senegal at the finals 60-55 on Sunday, August 18, and became the first team to win back-to-back FIBA Women’s AfroBasket titles. President Muhammadu Buhari has also congratulated the Nigeria women national basketball team, D’Tigress for being champions of the 2019 FIBA Afrobasket Championships in Dakar, Senegal.
A congratulatory message from the president has been sent in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu on Monday revealed that President Buhari praised the team for their remarkably synergized play to retain the title.
President Buhari hailed the team for their remarkably synergized play that enabled them to outpace and outplay all the teams at the tournament to retain the title they won in 2017, further consolidating their position as African champions with four titles.
The team were also commended by the president for their discipline, maturity and focuses all through the tournament, and deliberateness in promoting the Nigerian flag and accompanying virtues of resilience, persistence and dogged pursuit until victory was achieved.
President Buhari equally thanked all the officials and technical hands that guided the team to win the African title, urging them to remain focused on deploying such energy and talent in subsequent global tournaments.