The Nigerian Female Basketball Team popularly known for their team name, D ‘Tigress have released a press release disagreeing with the two years ban by the Ministry of Youths and Sports banning the national basketball teams from performing at international sporting events for two years due to the internal wranglings at the Basketball Federation which led to parallel congresses electing separate basketball federation officials though the International Basketball Federation has recognized the Engineer Ahmadu Musa Kida led Nigerian Basketball Federation but the Sports Minister refused to acknowledge the Congress that elected him and inaugurate him.

Below is the statement released the  female basketball team.


To whom this may concern,

We, as the Women’s National Team of Nigeria would like to speak on the government’s recently placed two year ban on all Nigerian Basketball International competitions. The D ‘Tigress team would like to state that we do not agree with this ban. This ban is taking away all our future competitions, accomplishments and goals to elevate, inspire, and make Nigeria proud! We would like to be given the opportunity to play for our country that we passionately love to represent in this upcoming Women Basketball competition. We have worked very hard to be 3 times Afrobasket Champions, Olympians and now we are blessed with another opportunity to continue that representation for Nigeria. We want Nigerian Basketball to continue to grow and succeed on every level; from the local leagues, grassroots and even on the international stage! We believe that all levels of Nigerian basketball can excel with the proper attention, togetherness, and organization.  Our team is a testament to how successful Nigerian Basketball can be and how we have been an inspiration to all Nigerian athletes across the globe.Our goal is to play and represent Nigeria proudly! We, as the Nigerian Women’s National Team plea for the reversal of the International Basketball ban for Nigeria. We hope to be heard! Thank you.