LAGOS (FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018) – The Nigerian Basketball Federation on Friday announced a 28-player preliminary squad for this year’s FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.
While head coach Sam Vincent kept ten players who helped Nigeria win the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017, the former NBA coach called up a number of talented players currently playing in the US College ranks as well some European leagues.
The Nigeria preliminary squad is headlined by Dallas Wings small forward Evelyn Akhator and Ify Ibekwe – a power forward for the New York Liberty in the WNBA.
Making their first World Cup appearance since 2006, Nigeria will take on Group B opponents Australia, Turkey, and Argentina.
According to the Nigeria Basketball Federation, the invited players are to report to camp on Wednesday, July 18, in Atlanta, Georgia for the team’s preparation.
After the first phase of training on the USA soil, the D’Tigresses will return to Nigeria for the final phase of training camp before jetting out to Turkey for the remainder of their World Cup preparations.
The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 will take in Tenerife, Spain, from September 22-30.
Nigeria 28-player preliminary squad for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018
Nkechi Akashili Evelyn
Akhator Adaeze Alaeze
Patience Okpe Nene
Ugochi Nicole Nwaigwe