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The Nigeria women's national basketball team, also known as D'Tigers, is the national women's basketball team in Nigeriamarker it is currently ranked number one in the African continent and in the top 20 in the world.

Current squad

This is a list of the members of the squad as of the FIBA Africa Championship for Women 2007.

Olayinka Sanni, Mfon Udoka, Mercy Okorie, Ononiwu Chisaokwu, Ekworomadu Joyce, Ugochukwu Oha, Charity Egenti, Sefi Mojidi, Marie Izidor Enjol, Chioma Udeaja, Funmilayo Ojelabi-Ogunleye, and Amaka Adibeli.

Head Coach: Ayo Bakare

Assistant Coaches: Scott Nnaji and Adewumi Aderemi

2004 Summer Olympics

The Nigerians competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in basketball, one of ten events their national teams qualified for. The Nigerian women's basketball team was one of the twelve teams competing in the event. They earned their berth through a zone qualifying tournament and played in Group A along with Australia, Brazil, Greece, Japan, and Russia. The team went 0-5 in the preliminary round. In the 11/12th place game, they defeated the Korea for a final finish of 11th out of 12 teams. With this win, they became the first women's African basketball team to win a game at the Olympics.

Mfon Udoka was the team's leading scorer and the tournament's second highest scorer. Team athletes Itoro Umoh-Coleman and Joanne Aluka both played high school basketball at Hephzibah High School prior to playing together for Nigeria.

2006 FIBA world championship for women

Nigeria qualified for the 2006 FIBA World Championship by winning the 2005 FIBA Africa Championship for Women. They were placed into Group C with China, Russia, and the United States. Nigeria did not qualify for a pass into the second round and were defeated in the 15/16th place game by fellow African representatives Senegal by a score of 66-64. Their tournament record was 0-5.

Nigeria also participated in the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne, Australiamarker.

Team in 2007

The team attended the FIBA Africa Championship for Women 2007; the qualifying event for African teams attempting to make the 2008 Summer Olympics. Nigeria made it to the quarterfinals of the 2007 FIBA African Championship before losing to Mozambique 69-61. They won fifth place by defeating Cameroon 63-50. The team did not qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games.

The Nigerian squad went undefeated in group play during the 2007 All-Africa Games. They went on to the semi-finals and lost to Mozambique 57-46.

2009 Nations Cup

Nigeria has qualified for the 2009 Africa Cup of Nations (basketball) to be held in Libyamarker.

Former players and coaches

This is a list of former players and coaches, as well as current players who have played on past squads, with their years on the team indicated by the Nigerian flag beneath a given year.

Name Number Position Nationality 2004* 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Olawunmi Adebayo 9
Tayeloly Adeniyi 10
Mobolaji Akiode 6 Guard Nigeriamarker
Joanne Aluka 5 Forward United Statesmarker
Mactabene Amachree 13 Guard Nigeriamarker
Parricia Chukwuma 12
Kevin Cook Coach
Adenike Dawodu 11
Nguveren Iyorhe 10 Guard
Ezinne James 15
Aisha Mohammed 9 Guard
Juliana Ojoshogu Negedu 7 Guard
Scott Nnaji Coach
Chineze Nwagbo 8
Linda Ogugua 15 Center Nigeriamarker
Morolake Ogunoye 5
Ugo Oha 8 Center United Statesmarker
Ugochuckwu Oha 15
Funmilayo Ojelabi-Ogunleye 10
Mercy Okorie 7
Adeola Olanrewaju 14
Taiwo Rafiu 14 Center
Rashidat Sadiq 12 Forward
Samuel Vincent Coach
Itoro Umoh-Coleman 4 Guard United Statesmarker
Tamunomiete Whyte 5
*Olympic games attended by the squad indicated in this year.

See also



References

  1. (12/10/08), Nigerian National Basketball Team Qualifies for 2009 Nations Cup, ZNNW.com. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  2. NIGERIA : Afrobasket '07: Nigeria team departs today
  3. (February 5, 2004), 2002 Gold Medalist Sue Bird Added To USA Women's Senior National Team, USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  4. Women's basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics at sports-reference.com
  5. (August 24, 2004), Nigeria snaps streak, finishes 11th, ESPN. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  6. Andy Johnston, Umoh teaches lesson in life, Augusta Chronicle, January 29, 1997. Retrieved 03-03-2009.
  7. (February 27, 2006), 2006 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team's First European Tour Roster Stocked With Talent, USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  8. NGR Women coach - Kevin Cook: I Want to Work with Nigeria Forever, FIBA Africa. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  9. 2006 FIBA World Championship-Nigeria (Statistics), USA Basketball
  10. Mechelle Voepel, (September 14, 2006), Another American rout, but turnovers worth noting, ESPN. Retrieved 2009-03-07.


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