Nigeria have won the 2023 Women’s Afrobasket championship, making it a record fourth title in a row.
The D’Tigress defeated Senegal 84-74 to win the competition that was held in Kigali, Rwanda.
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— Austin Okon-Akpan (@ProudlyAustin) August 5, 2023
Nigeria are now the second African side, after Senegal (1974 to 1981), to have won the championship four consecutive times. They now have six titles.
For the 4th time in a row, 🇳🇬 Nigeria takes home the #AfroBasketWomen 2023 title after beating 🇸🇳 Senegal with an 84-74 score.
— FERWABA 🏀🇷🇼 (@ferwabaRW) August 5, 2023
The team clinched the crown in 2017, 2019, and 2021 before the most recent feat at the BK Arena.
🇳🇬 𝐍𝐈𝐆𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐀 𝐍𝐎 𝐃𝐄𝐘 𝐂𝐀𝐑𝐑𝐘 𝐋𝐀𝐒𝐓! 🔥
— FIBA Women's Afrobasket (@afrobasketwomen) August 5, 2023
4 consecutive times in a row…. pic.twitter.com/h6e5iWRF0S
— DTigress (@DtigressNG) August 5, 2023
Nigeria started the game on a good footing, winning 19-10 in the first quarter. At half-time, it was 43-31 in the D’Tigress’ favour.
But after the break, the Senegalese clawed back into the game. That gave them a 62-57 lead after the third quarter.
With just a quarter left, Coach Rena Wakama’s team fought stoutly to overpower their opponents and ended the game with a 10-point win. Mali took the bronze medal.
Saturday’s four-peat means the gaffer is the first female coach to win the Women’s Afrobasket competition, weeks after she was appointed to lead the side.
— ivoirebasket (@ivoirebasket) August 5, 2023
Wakama was not the only person that made history with the win. Amy Okonkwo also earned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) prize for her impressive showing in the East African nation.
En route to the final of the championship, the D’Tigress overpowered hosts Rwanda. Before then, they also beat Mozambique in the quarter-final. They were in Group D of the tournament alongside Egypt and Congo DR.