Nigeria’s team, D’Tigress, emerged victorious in the 2019 FIBA Afrobasket Championship, beating the host country Senegal 60-55 in the final. The team retained the title for the second year running, having also won the 2017 edition of the games. D’Tigress amassed a five-game unbeaten run, with Ezinne Kalu being named the most valuable player of the AfroBasket Games after leading Nigeria to its back-to-back title. Kalu’s star appearance was reiterated in the semi finals against Mali where the athlete hit five of ten three-point attempts.
The AfroBasket Games also serve as a first test qualifier for the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo, Japan. Having secured this win, Nigeria is eligible for the next stage. The country has also qualified for the 2022 Women’s Basketball Club.
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