Nigeria’s women national basketball team D’Tigress, will open their 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament camp on Saturday, 1 February in Belgrade.
According to a statement by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), the Otis Hughley led team will camp for 5 days before they start their campaign against hosts Serbia, world champions USA and Mozambique for the two Olympic tickets on offer.
Elizabeth Balogun with Louisville University may be handed her first national team debut alongside 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League’s Most Valuable Player, Musa Murjanatu.
Fellow point guard, Sarah Ogoke has since been recalled to the team to replace Upe Atosu.
Other players expected in camp include Italy based Ifunanya Ibekwe, Promise Amukamara (France), Sarah Imovbioh (Belgium) and Spain based Elo Edeferioka
Others include 2019 FIBA Women Afrobasket MVP, Ezinne Kalu, Evelyn Akhator, Aisha Balarabe who just moved to Spain.
Pallas Kunaiyi Akpannah will also join team captain, Adaora Elonu as they prepare for the OQT campaign having missed out of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
In a related development, the head coach of Air Warriors of Abuja, Samson Sotuminu and that of MFM of Lagos, Aderemi Adewunmi will also be on the train to Belgrade as members of the Technical crew.
Their latest appointment came on the backdrop of their heroics last season in the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League.
Sotuminu guided league debutant- Air Warriors to the 2019 title while Adewunmi’s tactical acumen saw MFM snatching a continental ticket after narrowly losing in the final.