Nigeria’s national women ‘s team on Sunday finished eight place at the just concluded FIBA Women’s World Cup held in Spain.
The eight position was due to Nigeria’s slim 73-72 points loss to fifth ranked Canada in a tense match that saw the North Americans ralling to a last minute win.
Ezinne Kalu said the Nigerian team did her best.
“The game (against Canada) was very intense. We came out trying to compete for the 7th position, although we didn’t win today, I’m still happy.
It’s nothing to be sad and down about.
“We made history coming this far so to take 8th place is just a blessing. It’s a great thing for both African teams to have done well in the tournament.
It just goes to show that anything is possible and they can’t count us out. Before the tournament we were 37th in the world and now we finish 8th.”
Africa’s other representative Senegal finished in 12th place.
Atonye Nyingifa posted 17 points to lead the floor for Nigeria followed by Evelyn Akhator with 13 points, 11rebounds and 2 assists while Kia Nurse ended the game with 17 points and followed by Nayo Raincock Ekunwe scoring 10 points.
Nigeria coach, Otis Hughley Jr said he remains grateful to the leadership of Nigeria Basketball Federation for the opportunity to serve.
“I’ve had great fun working with these set of players and the federation. Everyone has been fantastic. My girls remain the best.”