Nigeria’s female national basketball team D’Tigress have qualified for the basketball event of the Paris 2024 Olympics.
D’Tigress achieved the feat, having defeated Senegal, 72-65 in their first game and Senegal losing to Belgium 66-92 at the ongoing FIBA Olympic Qualifying Games in Belgium.
Nigeria had lost 109-44 to FIBA 2022 World Champions, U.S.A, but in spite of this loss, D’Tigress already with their opening game victory, booked their place in Paris.
Our correspondent reports that with Belgium’s victory over Senegal, U.S.A qualified as World champions.
Nigeria and Belgium also qualified in spite of one game in hand.
The Rena Wakama tutored side have been receiving congratulatory messages from all sides as basketball faithful pure encomiums on the team.
Queen John-Moseph, a basketball enthusiastsl, said the team did well to seal their place in Paris and in history.
She said the team have earned their place in Paris through hard work and deserved to be praised.
“Congratulations to the Nigerian team, this was hard fought competition and with one game in the hand are there in Paris already,” she said.
Our correspondent reports that Nigeria plays Belgium on Sunday evening, as U.S.A take on Senegal to round off the Olympic qualifiers for their group.