President Mohammadu Buhari will on Wednesday, before the Federal Executive Council (FEC), receive the victorious D’Tigress, the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung hinted on Tuesday.
Dalung, who alongside top members of the sport ministry hosted the new African queens on Tuesday, dropped the hint that the president will meet with the Afrobasket winners before attending the weekly FEC meeting.
DTigress won all their matches at the competition and also qualified for the World Cup in Spain next year.
The Minister of sport Dalung attributed the recent successes recorded in basketball and wrestling to the ongoing sports reforms by the ministry.
The Minister commended the players and wrestlers for truly exemplifying the true Nigerian spirit which always thrives in the face of adversity.
Dalung praised the team for making Nigeria proud adding that their victory was not by chance but as a result of well- articulated programs by the NBBF and NWF boards.
“We congratulate DTigress, the technical crew and the entire management of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for winning the 2017 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket trophy.
“You not only broke a 12 year old draught, but also won a ticket to the World Cup next year. This cannot be ascribed to luck, but weeks of hard work, planning and strategising by the board, technical crew and the players. We also applaud the wrestlers for winning silver at the World championship.
“We are aware of the fact that the road to becoming the African Champions and booking a ticket to the World Cup was never easy. The federal government salutes these brave girls who have written Nigeria’s name on the global map once again after 12 years.”