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Nigeria Begins Training For FIBA Women As 28 Gets Invited To Camp

In preparation for the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup, the Nigeria Basketball Federation has called up 28 players to begin camping.

In the list are 10 players from the team that won the 2017 FIBA AFROBASKET in Mali.

Also part of the invited players who will be expected to arrive in camp on 18th of July, are WNBA players, Evelyn Akhator of Dallas Wings and Ify Ibekwe of New York Liberty.

Team captain, Aisha Mohammed makes a return alongside co-captain, Ezinne Kalu, Sarah Ogoke, Cecilia Okoye, Nkechi Akashili, Upe Atosu, Atonye Nyingifa (Atenienses de Manati, Puerto Rico), Adaora Elonu (Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca , Spain) and Yakin Dugu of Argentina centre, Ugo Uwaigwe who were all part of the 2017 title-winning team.

Nicole Enabosi with the University of Delaware basketball team who made the 2018 CAA All-First Team, All-Defensive Team and the Colonial Athletics Association Women’s basketball player of the year has also been invited to camp alongside Hungary based Sarah Imovbioh, Nkem Akaraiwe (First Bank of Lagos) Uju Ugoka and Belgium based Elem Ibiam.

The team would be camping in Atlanta for their first phase of the training as the second and final phase of the training would be in Nigeria.

Preparation for the tournament would continue with a trip to Turkey where friendlies would be played before the first Jump ball at the FIBA 2018 Women  World Cup in Tenerife, Spain from 20th – 30th September 2018.

Amachree Mactabene, the General Manager of the team, said that players who were not invited can also report to camp at their own expense.

He added that they would be accessed by the coaching crew in determining whether they are good enough to be part of the team.

The competition will take place in Spain between 22 Sep 2018 and 30 Sep 2018

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GUARDS

  1. Ezinne Kalu                   (PG) – Vasa Akademia, Hungary
  2. Upe Atosu                     (PG) – Labette College, (NJCAA)
  3. Promise Amukamara (PG) – Alexandria, Romania
  4. Jasmine Nwajei –          (PG) – University of Syracuse, (NCAA)
  5. Patience Nene Okpe     (PG) -Panola College, (NJCAA)
  6. Sarah Ogoke                    (SG) – RC Celta, Spain
  7. Nkechi Akashili              (SG) – First Bank, Nigeria
  8. Ayoleka Sodade              (SG) – University of Buffalo, NY, (NCAA)
  9. Elizabeth Balogun       (SG) – Hamilton heights, Christian Academy, USA
  10. Ijeoma  Ajemba            (SG/SF) – University of North  Carolina Greensboro (NCAA)
  11. Adaeze Alaeze               (SG) Ciudad de la Adelantos, Spain

 FORWARDS

  1. Adaora Elonu                 (SF) – Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca, Spain
  2. Atonye Nyingifa           (SF) – Duran Maquinaria Ensino, Spain
  3. Cecilia Okoye                  (SF) – Oviedo, Spain
  4. Ify Ibekwe                        (SF) – New York Liberty, WNBA
  5. Nicole Enabosi               (SF) – University of Delaware (NCAA)
  6. Sarah Imovbioh             (PF/C) – PEAC -Pecs, Hungary
  7. Nkem Akaraiwe             (SF) – First Bank, Nigeria
  8. Uju Ugoka                       (PF) -Roche Vendee, France
  9. Amy Okonkwo                (PF) – Texas Christian University (NCAA)
  10. Evelyn Akhator               (PF) – Dallas Wings, WNBA
  11. Juliet James                      (PF) – Georgia State University,  (NCAA)

CENTRES

  1. Ashley Ezeh                      (PF/C) – ADBA, Spain
  2. Aisha Mohammed          (C) – Istanbul University, Turkey
  3. Felicia Aiyeotan               (C) – University of Virginia (NCAA).
  4. Edeferioka Elo                  (C) – Celta Zorka – Spain
  5. Ugo Uwaigwe                    (C) – Yakin Dugu U, Argentina
  6. Elem Ibiam                        (C) – Kangoeroes, Belgium
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