Defending FIBA Women’s African Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) Champions Nigeria commence their title defence this morning.

Nigeria takes on North African side Tunisia at 10:00 GMT in the opening game before Mozambique plays Kenya, Mali takes on Angola and Senegal take on Ivory Coast.

The 2019 edition of Africa’s most prestigious basketball competition for female players opens today with a quartet of games at the Dakar Arena in Senegal.

This year’s tournament is due to end on Sunday, August 18 and the top six ranked teams qualify to play in a prequalifying competition for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Nigeria retained eight players from its record setting roster that made history at the 2018 World Cup where D’Tigress became the African nation to make the quarterfinals.

Captain Adaora Elonu leads a strong group that has lynchpins Evelyn Akhator, Aisha Balambare and Ezinne Kalu. Coach Otis Hughley will make his debut in the AfroBasket.

Nigeria could be the first team to successfully defend the continental title since 2013.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter

Photo Courtesy: FIBA


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