Nigeria’s women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, once again claimed the title of African champions, winning the 2023 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket Championship.
This resounding victory marked their sixth title and their fourth consecutive win, an extraordinary achievement that cements their status as one of the continent’s premier teams.
Defeating the Senegalese: A Game to Remember
The final match against Senegal at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, was a thriller that ended in an 84-74 victory for Nigeria. From the first quarter, D’Tigress demonstrated their sheer skill and determination, overpowering the Senegalese defence.
The opening quarter saw Nigeria take an aggressive approach, establishing a lead through sharp passing and tight defence. Senegal fought back, but the Nigerian offence was relentless.
Nigeria continued to dominate in the second quarter, with key players making essential baskets. Senegal’s valiant effort wasn’t enough to close the gap.
Although Senegal launched a comeback in the second half, the resilience and tactical acumen of D’Tigress ensured they maintained their lead.
Semi-Final Brilliance: The Triumph over Rwanda
Before the epic clash with Senegal, Nigeria trounced tournament hosts Rwanda 79-48 in a game that showcased their depth and tactical brilliance. The Rena Wakama-led side displayed their potential and strategic execution, proving their championship credentials.
From the get-go, Nigeria’s offence was unstoppable. Every player contributed, highlighting the team’s cohesion and shared vision. Rwanda struggled to break through Nigeria’s defence. The game’s outcome was a testament to Nigeria’s comprehensive planning and execution.
Rena Wakama: A Coaching Genius
Under the leadership of Coach Rena Wakama, Nigeria’s D’Tigress has soared to new heights. Wakama’s coaching philosophy, embracing both discipline and creativity, has been instrumental in their success.
Several key players especially Amy Okonkwo contributed to D’Tigress’s victory. Their individual brilliance combined with teamwork was a spectacle to behold.
The victory makes Nigeria the second African country to win the women’s Afrobasket title four times in a row. This historical achievement places them among the elites of African basketball.