President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, Mr Igoche Mark, has applauded the performance of the nation’s Senior Women Basketball team, D’Tigress; and the team’s coaching crew in their first game against the Peoples Republic of China, at the FIBA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Belgrade, Serbia.
The reigning African Champions, lost 76-90 to the Asian giants, China, who are currently ranked 7th in the world.
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Mark commended the team for their courage and resilience during the tension soaked game, and charged the ladies to take positives from the loss, which he described as “a stepping stone to a better outing” in their next game against European heavyweight, France, on Friday.
“I must commend you for your courage; and giving the game against China your all… The result notwithstanding, let’s see it as a stepping stone towards a better outing in your next game. All I can tell you, is that, if you are never on the losing side, you are never truly tested, and may never be forced to grow. Pick up yourselves, go conquer France!” thus Mark counselled the players.
A total of 16 countries, including Nigeria, are presently in Serbia, slugging it out in the qualifiers, for slots at the FIBA World Cup scheduled to hold from September 22 to October 1, 2022, in Australia.