May 21, 2024

Nkem Anthony Jr Speaks on D’Tigress power duo inclusion in squad.

As countries unveil their rosters for the FIBA Women’s Olympics Qualifier, all eyes turn to Nigeria’s D’Tigress coach, Rena Wakama, and her impending selection announcement.

In my perspective, two standout Nigerian players, Nkem Akaraiwe and Theresa Joy Ebiega, should unquestionably secure spots on the final roster for the upcoming Olympics Qualifiers with D’Tigress.

Nkem Akaraiwe has consistently demonstrated her scoring prowess in the African Women’s Basketball League, especially in games against formidable opponents like Universite Douala, Sporting Alexandria, and Kenya Port Authority.

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Her remarkable performances in critical matches, including the classification tie against Overdose Up Station and Equity Bank, make her an invaluable addition to the team.

Importantly, she was a key contributor to the 2021 Afrobasket-winning team, bringing crucial experience to the squad.

Theresa Joy Ebiega, despite narrowly missing the Afrobasket 2023 final roster, possesses exceptional ball-handling skills and a unique ability to navigate crowded defenses with intricate footwork.

Recognized as one of Nigeria’s top point guards, she excels not only as a proficient passer but also as a defensive asset.

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With the upcoming qualifiers against formidable nations like Belgium, USA, and Senegal, her attributes are poised to play a crucial role in winning key moments.

Coach Rena Wakama has personally witnessed Theresa Joy Ebiega’s qualities during the AFROBASKET 2021 Camping, where she showcased impressive energy levels and excelled in training, narrowly missing out at the last minute.

While acknowledging the pivotal role of the coach in decision-making, I strongly advocate for the inclusion of Nkem Akaraiwe and Theresa Joy Ebiega based on their outstanding performances and promising attributes.

Their presence could significantly enhance D’Tigress’s prospects in the upcoming Olympics Qualifiers.


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