Tokyo 2020: D’Tigress invite 16 players to camp


Ebenezer Bajela

 The Nigeria Basketball Federation on Saturday announced it had invited 16 players to Atlanta for a 10-day training camp as preparations for the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo commences on Sunday (today).

The training camp is scheduled to hold from January 31 to February 8 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Atlanta.

On the list released by the NBBF on their Twitter page, team captain, Adaora Elonu (Uni Girona CB) will lead the Spanish legion of players, which also has Celta de Vigo Baloncesto’s Elo Edeferioka and Atonye Nyingifa, who plays for Ensino Lugo Club de Baloncesto.

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Most Valuable Player of the 2020 Afrobasket, Ezinne Kalu, who plays for Landerneau BB, makes a return to the team, with Promise Amukamara (Charnay BB) and Evelyn Akhator (Flammes Carolo), the trio all based in France.

 Elizabeth Williams, who plays for Atlanta Dreams in the WNBA and 26th overall draft pick, Erica Ogwumike (Minnesota Lynx) are part of the five new faces joining the squad.

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Forward Amy Okonkwo, who featured for Club Deportivo Zamarat in Spain, has also been invited alongside Oderah Chidom (Tsmoki-Minsk, Bulgaria), as well as Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpannah (Pallacanestro Vigarano, Italy).

 Meanwhile, Nicole Enabosi will have another chance to be part of the team after missing out of the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain due to injury.

Coach Otis Hughley also handed an invitation to Sarah Ogoke, Sarah Imovbioh (Basketball Club Namur-Capital, Belgium), 20-year-old guard, Elizabeth Balogun (Louisville Cardinals), as well as Kosovo Superleague side KB Bashkimi new signing and four-time FIBA Afrobasket winner, Aisha Balarabe.

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