Buhari Receives, Rewards D’Tigress in Abuja N1m Each
President, Muhammadu Buhari has received the new African champions, the Victorious D’Tigress in Abuja during Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting.
He met with the Basketball Team at the council chambers, after they won the Afrobasket Championship title for the first time in 12 years in Mali.
President Buhari also disclosed that each player will receive the sum of a million naira while the officials will receive half a million.
Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports, had announced on Tuesday that President Buhari would receive the victorious D’Tigress during Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting in Abuja.
Mr. Dalung who disclosed this during a reception for the new African women basketball champions at the Abuja National Stadium said Wednesday’s ceremony would be in further appreciation of the team.
The senior national women basketball team had on Sunday won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship at Bamako in Mali after beating defending champions Senegal in the final match.
“Becoming Women’s AfroBasket champions after 12 years is an achievement worthy of celebration.
“Winning the African Championship for the third time establishes you (Nigeria) as a force to reckon with in African basketball.
“I am convinced that this will boost your confidence to perform well at the World Championship in Spain in 2018,” Mr. Dalung said.
The minister said the victory helped to underline his belief that “when we do things the right way, we will always get the right results’’
Mr. Dalung recalled that he and the ministry came under a lot of criticism when they embarked on some reforms.
Earlier. the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, had praised the team for its performance, pledging his support for the team.
“I look forward to seeing the team perform better at the World Cup in Spain in 2018.
“But I will advise you all to continue training to maintain this quality standard of play at the World Cup,” he said.