The 2023 FIBA Women’s AfroBasketball Championships has ended in Kigali, Rwanda, and the Federal Government has received and hosted the four time African Champions D’Tigress to a reception, shortly after their arrival in the country.
According to a statement issued by Mohammed Manga, Director, Press and Public Relations on August 6, 2023, it stated that:
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar at the reception held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja today, stated that hosting the D’Tigress by the Ministry has become imperative in view of the Team’s exceptional performance at the Tournaments which has not only made them four time African Champions but consistently made the country proud.“We are proud of you. Your performances speak for itself. Let me urge you to double your efforts and consolidate on the successes we have achieved so far. I understand that as a nation, we are winning this competition four consecutive times”, he said.The Permanent Secretary pointed out that with the successes recorded by Team Nigeria, it behoves on the Ministry to now have the right policies on ground that will further strengthen the performance of the nation’s athletes at global competitions.“We must redouble our efforts. All hands must be on deck to ensure we consolidate our victories.We are not unaware of the challenges confronting the Federations. We will live no stone unturned to ensure that such challenges are addressed within our capacity,” he added.While commending the Coaches, other technical crew, as well as Ministry officials for their doggedness, which translated to what Nigerians are celebrating today, Alhaji Ismaila called on relevant stakeholders to join hands with the Federal Government in ensuring that the country raises strong and formidable teams that can continuously bring glory to our nation at all international competitions.He explained that as a Ministry, “we will continue to provide an enabling environment for the development of sports and implementation of all policies that will lead to the empowerment of the youth in their various fields of endeavour.The Permanent Secretary who commended the Basketball Federation under the leadership of Engr Musa Kida despite his health challenges, for putting up such a formidable team, called on them to begin preparation for the 2024 Olympic Competition.He also advised the team to be patriotic, determined, and shun all forms of Anti-Doping practices.Earlier, the President, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engr Musa Kida, stated that the Team’s consecutive victories are attributable to its dogged dedication and commitment to excellence in their games.Represented by the Federation’s Vice President, Mr. Babs Ogunnade, Engr Kida commended the present Administration as well as the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development for creating the enabling environment for sports to thrive in the country, assuring that the Team is determined to continue to hoist the nation’s flag in all of its competitions.Also speaking, the NBBF Coach, Rena Wakama stated that hard work, resilience and the determination to succeed earned the Team its consecutive victory from 2017 till date.In her response, the Team’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), Amy Okonkwo commended the techical team, Ministry’s officials as well as the present Administration for giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents in the field of sports