Sports Minister Dare hails D’Tigress for booking WOQT spot

Senegal's Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (C) fights for the ball against Nigeria D'Tigress players during the final of the FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2019 at Dakar Arena in Dakar on August 18, 2019. - Team Nigeria won the final against Senegal 60-55. (Photo by Seyllou / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Minister of sports and youth development, Sunday Dare has praised the female basketball national team D’Tigress for securing a spot in 2020 Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The Nigerian basketball team recorded a 74-59victory against Mali in the semi-final of the Pre-WOQT on Sunday in Maputo to book their place in the WOQT.

Minister Dare was however impressed with the performance of the team and he took to his verified Twitter handle to applaud their efforts.

“Congratulations to D’Tigress for overrunning Mali 74-59 to qualify for the next Olympics window.”

Nigeria will now compete in the 16-team WOQT from February 6 to 9, 2020.

Belgium (Ostend), China (Foshan), France (Bourges) and Serbia (Belgrade) have been awarded the hosting rights of the WOQTs.

The 16 teams will be split into four groups, who will then battle for spots at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

14 teams will vie for medals in the Women’s Basketball event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Host Japan and World Champion USA have qualified automatically.