Afrobasket 2017 Gold medalist, Adaora Elonu has been appointed the new captain of the Nigeria senior women’s national basketball team, D’Tigress.
The appointment of the shooting forward was necessitated by the need for the team to be fully prepared and in good form for the 2018 FIBA World Cup scheduled to take centre stage in Spain.
D’Tigress new coach, Otis Hughley who made the announcement over the weekend is very optimistic about the team’s performance in the 2018 FIBA World Cup and is confident that Adaora’s maturity and experience are just what the team needs in the coming games.
Adaora, who just recently got signed by WNBA side, Atlanta Dreams, will be stepping in for the duo of Aisha Mohammed and Kalu Ezinne-Phelps who captained the team to the 2017 Afrobasket win in Mali.
The forward at 28 is one of the oldest members of the national team and a part of the 2015 Afrobasket bronze medal winning team where she was elected as part of the tournament’s All-Star Five.
The team, on her appointment, have pledged their full support to their new leader who will captain her side to a possible world women’s basketball domination in Spain.
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