Nigeria’s D’Tigress were committed to keeping their Afrobasket title from the outset, blistering hot all through the game to earn a historic fifth title after defeating Mali to capture their third consecutive trophy.
Nigeria showed why they are the undisputed African champions by beating their West African rivals 70-59 to move into second place on Africa’s all-time record, following only Senegal, who has won 11 Afrobasket titles.
- D’Tigress defeated Senegal to reach the 3rd consecutive Afrobasket final
- AfroBasket Women: D’Tigress currently leads Senegal with 14pts going into the break
Nigeria’s successful defence of their title this time around is remarkable in that they defeated all four of Africa’s top five teams, which is far from a simple feat, but rather proof of the arduous challenge ahead of them.
Adaora Elonu, the captain of the Nigeria senior women’s national team, D’Tigress, won the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021 Most Valuable Player (MVP) award on Sunday night in Yaounde, Cameroon, as she led the D’Tigress to a third straight continental victory by defeating Mali 70-59.
The multiple Women’s AfroBasket competitor, who now resides in Spain, was also nominated to the 26th edition of Africa’s best women’s championship’s All-Tournament squad.
Elonu led Nigeria to victory over Mali with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one block.
Throughout the competition, D’Tigress’ ability to spread points throughout the AfroBAsket championship tournament without relying on a single player proved crucial.