THE Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, has called up 25 players for the Olympics Qualifying Tournament holding in Nantes, France, from June 3 to 19. They are billed to assemble in Abuja from May 15.
The list has mix of players from the last African Women Championship in Cameroon and a new set of hopefuls essentially from the domestic Zenith Bank League. The Nigerian ladies will campaign in Group C alongside Belarus and South Korea.
Nigeria qualified for the Olympics Qualifying Tournament after placing third at the continental championship. Cameroon is the other African country in the qualifying games leading to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Senegal picked the only direct ticket to Brazil for Africa. D’Tigresses is striving to return to the Olympics after their first outing at the Athens 2004 Games.
The players from the Zenith League are Okpe Patience (Dolphins), Chioma Udeaja (First Bank), Nkechi Akashile (First Bank), Upe Atosu (First Bank), Akaraiwe Nkem (First Bank) and Chinyere Juliet (First Bank). There are also Idoko Patience (Benue Queens), Isaac Christiana (IGP Queens), Okeke Ebere (Customs) and Umeh Gloria (Plateau Rocks).
The Full list: Ogunjimi Helen, Ogoke Sarah, Elonu Adaora, Madu Ndidi, Imovbioh Sarah, Edeferioka Edema, Ibiam Elem, Ugoka Uju, Ekworomadu Joyce, Kalu Ezinne, Amukamara Promise, Ibekwe Ifunanya, Nwaigwe Ugochi, Sanni Olayinka, Atonye Nyingifa, Atosu Upe, Udeaja Chioma, Akashili Nkechi, Idoko Patience, Okpe Patience, Chinyere Juliet, Akaraiwe Nkem, Isaac Christiana, Okeke Ebere, Umeh Gloria.
— May 16, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT