Buhari Re­ceives D’Ti­gress, An­nounces Cash Re­wards for Play­ers, Of­fi­cials

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Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari yes­ter­day re­ceived the vic­to­ri­ous fe­male Nige­rian bas­ket­ball na­tional team, D’Ti­gress, who won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBas­ket Tour­na­ment in Mali and qual­i­fied for the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain.

While thank­ing the D’Ti­gress for do­ing Nige­ria proud, Buhari an­nounced a cash award of N1 mil­lion to each of the play­ers and N500,000 to each coach.

The Pres­i­dent made the an­nounce­ment while host­ing the vic­to­ri­ous play­ers and of­fi­cials be­fore the com­mence­ment of the weekly Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil (FEC) meet­ing at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa, Abuja.

Buhari di­rected the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Mrs. Kemi Adeo­sun, to en­sure the money is re­leased to the play­ers and the of­fi­cials promptly.

He as­sured the team of Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s sup­port to en­sure that they ex­cel in Spain.

Sports Min­is­ter, Solomon Dalung, at­trib­uted the team’s vic­tory to the new lead­er­ship in the fed­er­a­tion who are de­ter­mined to bring suc­cess to the game in the coun­try.

D’Ti­gress Cap­tain, Aisha Mo­hammed, ex­pressed her ex­cite­ment over the re­ward to the play­ers and of­fi­cials, stress­ing that it would spur them to go for gold in Spain next year.

“We feel over­joyed that the Pres­i­dent in­vited us to come here to the Pres­i­den­tial Villa. We are ex­cited. We prom­ise to give Nige­ria more vic­to­ries and by the grace of God we will go to Spain and win.

The Pres­i­dent of Nige­ria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NBBF), Musa Ah­madu Kida, at­trib­uted the suc­cess of the team to the demo­cratic process that has re­turned to the fed­er­a­tion.

He added that if the team could achieve such re­sult in three weeks of the new ex­ec­u­tive, more of such were in the off­ing.

Kida who is the deputy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of To­tal Nige­ria Plc said that the magic in the team’s vic­tory “is that this time there was an elec­tion that was very demo­cratic and we are ac­tu­ally the re­sult of democ­racy in sports where the true stake­hold­ers who have the pas­sion for the game are the peo­ple ad­min­is­ter­ing the game.”

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari (right) re­ceiv­ing the 2017 FIBA Women AfroBas­ket Tour­na­ment tro­phy won by D’Ti­gress in Mali last Sun­day from the Min­is­ter of Sports and Youth De­vel­op­ment , Mr. Solomon Dalung, dur­ing the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil meet­ing held at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja... yes­ter­day

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