Nige­ria de­feat Mozam­bique to edge closer to Afro bas­ket ti­tle

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar

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.

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