Angry D’Tigress Star Spits Fire After FIBA Banned Nigeria 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup

Angry D’Tigress Star Spits Fire After FIBA Banned Nigeria 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup

  • D’Tigress will not take part at the upcoming 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Australia after FIBA replaced Nigeria with Mali
  • Nigeria had qualified for the tournament, but a leadership tussle within the NBBF forced the government to suspend all national basketball teams
  • A number of D’Tigress players have blasted the stakeholders, with Ezinne Kalu threatening not to feature in the green and white colours again

D’Tigress star Ezinne Kalu has threatened not to feature for Nigeria again after FIBA pronounced that Mali would replace Nigeria at the upcoming 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Australia.

This is coming following the leadership tussle in the Nigerian Basketball Federation after the Federal Government suspended all basketball teams from international competitions for two years.

FIBA’s announcement seems to have stunned the 29-year-old American-born Kalu who expressed displeasure as Nigeria won’t participate in the Women’s World Cup.

D’Tigress, Women’s Basketball World Cup, Ezinne Kalu
D'Tigress will not participate at the 2022 Women's Basketball World Cup. Photo: Gregory Shamus
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She wrote on Twitter:

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“I don’t think I will ever wear the green and white again.”

Stan Okoye on her own part expressed frustrations at the Sports Minister Sunday Dare in her reaction. She tweeted:

“Wow, what a shame! Greed, selfishness, corruption, all the above. My heart is broken for these ladies.
“Well done NBBF, Muhammadu Buhari, Sunday Dare, truly an embarrassment.”

Another D’Tigers player, Chimezie Metu, also described the situation as embarrassing. She said as per Vanguard.

“Extremely alarming. Decades of work have been thrown down the drain.
“Multiple-time African champions and multiple Olympic/World Cup bids and we don’t get to even participate in the next competition, not because of an athletic inability but because grown men are too busy fighting over money.
“Absolutely embarrassing.”

D'Tigress qualified for the World Cup, which will be held in Sydney, Australia, in September 2022 after defeating France and Mali in the last qualifying tournament.

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The International Basketball Federation also noted that the decision to exclude Nigeria from international competition for two years will result in additional repercussions which it is yet to resolve matters.

Kenneth Omeruo presents jersey and ball to President Buhari

Sports Brief earlier reported that Super Eagles star Kenneth Omeruo met with President Muhammadu Buhari who is in Spain for the Nigerian-Spanish Business Forum in Madrid.

The CD Leganes defender expressed delight in meeting the Nigerian president who is on a three-day tour of the Spanish capital.

Buhari is expected to return to his home country on Friday and Omeruo quickly took time out to present him with a signed jersey and ball.

Source: Sports Brief News