A jubilant D'Tigress after beating Senegal to win the women's 2017 Afrobasket Championship. Photo Credit: @FIBA

Nigeria’s Women’s National Basketball team, D’Tigress, has today been pitched alongside France, Japan and USA in Group B of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, at the official draw of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Basketball Tournaments for both the women’s and men’s competitions broadcast live on the FIBA online platform.

With a developing rivalry between USA and D’Tigress recently, Basketball aficionados are salivating over the matchup that promises premium excitement.

The last meeting although ended in a slim 76-71 points in favour of the World No.1 despite Nigeria leading for the better part of the game, many described it as a more improved showing against the team they had earlier lost to 71-40 at the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup.

D’Tigress are also pitted against world No.5, France and has secured another opportunity to avenge its 2004 Olympics Game 73-79pts loss against Japan currently ranked 10th in the world.

Despite a great outing by Mfon Udoka with 19pts and 16rbs, a poor second half saw the Japanese out-score Nigeria to nick the game where the team only managed one win out of 6 games to finish 11th.

D’Tigers on the other hand, has also been drawn into Group B alongside Australia, but will await the winners of the qualification tournaments in Serbia and Croatia to complete the group.

The Nigerian teams are the sole African representatives at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Latifat Adebayo (@phatill) is a Digital Sports Journalist, a content creator and social media enthusiast.


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