The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President, Engr. Musa Kida has urged First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos to go for broke and maintain their unbeaten run when they come up against FAP of Cameroon at the ongoing FIBA Africa Club Championship for Women.
Giving this charge ahead of the team’s quarter final clash against the Yaounde-based Armed Forces and Police Women’s Basketball Club, Kida says a victory for First Bank is non-negotiable.
“I have closely monitored their four group games and I am impressed with what I have seen so far. The depth of the team is amazing and I can only hope that they continue their winning streak when they face FAP on Friday.”
The quarter final is a repeat of the 2016 FIBACCW edition which the Elephant Girls won before losing out to Interclube de Luanda of Angola in the semifinal.
“As a federation, we take pride in the fact that 5 members of the D’Tigress history-making team to the World Cup are currently on the roster of First Bank, which has already impacted on their journey so far.”
The current Zenith Bank National Women’s League Champions finished top of their group having won all 4 of their games to book a quarter final date with FAP who managed just 1 win in group A to end up in the fourth spot.
An expectant Kida is anticipating a nail-biting encounter between the 2 neighbours while tipping First Bank to progress to the semifinal.
— Top Media Nigeria (@TopMediaNigeria) November 8, 2018
First Bank have won the competition twice (2003 and 2009); they are runners-up once and third six times. In fact, they are the only Nigerian side to have won the tournament since its inauguration in 1985 in Dakar, Senegal.
The FIBA Africa Women’s Champions Cup remains the most prestigious and high profile competition for women’s clubs on the continent and the place where domestic champions come to test themselves against their peers from other African nations.
The most recent era of the competition has seen a complete domination by clubs based in Angola, with the country providing five of the last six winners and the tournament being last hosted in the capital city, Luanda in 2017.
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