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2023 FIBA Afrobasket: D'Tigress of Nigeria Open Title Defence With Comfortable Win Against DR Congo

July, 28 2023.

Nigeria began her defence of the FIBA Afrobasket crown by thumping the Democratic Republic of Congo 69-35, in the opening match of the bienniel tournament, played at the BK Arena in Kigali the capital of Rwanda.

Elizabeth Balogun top-scored for the D'Tigress with 11 points, one point more than the 10 hauled by Sarah Ogoke, who also had 6 Rebounds and 2 Assists, but there was no doubt who the top performer of the the day was, that honour belongs to Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, who fended-off the Congolese by making 10 defensive blocks.

Despite scoring no points, Ginette Mfutila Makiese with a game highest 11 rebounds, and 2 steals garnered +13 on the efficiency rankings, and was the top Congolese performer of the game.

Nigeria who is looking to win the title for a record equalling fourth time, sits at the top of FIBA Africa ranking, nine places above the DR Congo, who are ranked 10th.

Up next for D'Tigress of Nigeria is their second and final Group D tie against Egypt on Sunday, July 30th, 2023 reports.

Some top players that are missing from the D'Tigress roster are Adaora Elonu, who was the team’s captain to the 2021 Afrobasket triumph in Cameroun, Promise Amukamara and Ezinne Kalu.

The other absentees are Victoria Macaulay, Ify Ibekwe, Oderah Chidom, and Nicole Enabosi. The quartet featured also featured at the 2021 competition, but opted not to take part in the controversial tryouts, held by the NBBF in the USA and in Nigeria.

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