Eniola Awokoya

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced cash gifts of N1 million each for members of the national female basketball team, D’Tigress, who won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournament in Mali and qualified for the 2018

He made the announcement while hosting the victorious players before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“We feel overjoyed that the President invited us to come here. We are excited. We promise to give Nigeria more victories and by the grace of God we will go to Spain and win.

“The cash reward will motivate us to do more by the grace of God,” she said.

On what to expect in Spain, she replied, “Gold medal by the grace of God.”

The President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Ahmadu Kida, attributed the success of the team to the democratic process that has returned to the federation.

He added that if the team could achieve such result in three weeks of the new executive, they will repeat the same feat in Spain.

He told journalists after the short ceremony that the magic in the team’s win “is that this time there was an election that was very democratic and we are actually the result of democracy in sports where the true stakeholders who have the passion for the game are the people administering the sports.”

He told journalists after the short ceremony that the magic in the team’s win “is that this time there was an election that was very democratic and we are actually the result of democracy in sports where the true stakeholders who have the passion for the game are the people administering the sports.”

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