Nigeria defeat Mozambique to edge closer to Afro basket title
Nigeria’s D’Tigress yesterday overcame Mozambique 71-66 in a hard fought victory to reach the 2015 Women Afro Basket Championship semi final in Yaounde, Cameroon.
The Nigerian team is set to face winners of the Cameroon against Egypt tie which was staged late last night for a place in tomorrow’s final which will come along with a ticket for next year’s Rio Olympics in Brazil.
D’Tigress forward Edema Edeferioka said after yesterday’s game that the side have to up their game if they are to have any chance of going all the way in the competition.
“We were not focused today against Mozambique, we are happy we won today but we have to come out better tomorrow (today).
The player who recorded double figures with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the team’s win over Egypt at the group stage wrote via her twitter handle @ eloedema.
Before yesterday’s game, Mozambique had won three games and lost none in the group stages scoring 344 points and conceding 267. They ranked fifth in the comparative standings.
The southern Africa’s country’s veteran player Ngulela Carmen says she’s done with the sport following yesterday’s loss to the two time African champions.
D’Tigress coached by Scott Nnaji will be depending on their highest scoring players, Adaora Elonu, Nkechi Akashili, and captain Helen Ogunjimi, who have scored 70, 50 and 49 points respectively in the tournament to carry on with their fine form as the team chase a third continental title.