By Babatunde Ogunrinde
D’Tigress point guard Promise Amukamara is confident the team will be outstanding at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Amukamara said in a statement Sunday in Lagos that she was sure the team would put in a decent performance that the Nigerians would be proud of.
“It’s possible with the right selection of staff and better preparation, despite the quality of our Group B opponents.
“With many top players showing interest in joining Nigeria following back-to-back Afrobasket titles, we are sure to do well,” she said.
Amukamara added that the senior women’s national basketball team’s quarterfinals at the World Cup as well as increasing visibility on the international stage have helped make the team.
“Everything seems to be going well for the team ahead of the Games,” said the player.
She expressed the belief that the first five new players invited to the team’s camp in Atlanta are great additions that have easily adapted as members of the D’Tigress family.
“Elizabeth (Williams), Erica (Ogwumike), Amy (Okonkwo), Nicole (Enabosi) and Oderah (Chidom) all did a great job adapting to our system which looks good.”
At the 10-day camp for the team in Atlanta earlier this year, the Charnay Basketball Club player said the drill gave players the opportunity to come together.
The France-based player said the team was able to meet a long time ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic which troubled the world in 2020.
Of what they were able to accomplish during their time at the camp, the 27-year-old who made her 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup debut in Spain said: “We focused on getting a lot fire, and we went over our attack and defense. .
“I think it was just the perfect time to get together as we haven’t seen each other since February 2020.
“So it was a good time to get together, get to know the new players and the new coaching staff.
Looking at the 12 teams that qualified for the games, the 2019 Afrobasket winner admitted D’Tigress had strong opponents to face.
“With the experience, the new players and the team that we have, Coach Otis and the rest of the coaching staff will do a great job of preparing us to do well,” said Amukamara.
Nigeria is currently grouped alongside the world number one of the United States, France and Japan. (NOPE)
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