Nigeria’s Ambassador to Angola, His excellency, Adesesan Olatunde has commended First Bank Basketball Club for doing Nigeria proud at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women (ACCW), which ended on Sunday in Luanda, Angola.
At a reception held in honour of the team at his residence, Olatunde described the Elephant Girls as worthy ambassadors, whose heroics are worth honouring. He stated that winning the bronze for the second time in a row was a sign that the girls have the potential to finish tops at the next edition of the championship.
“It is a great joy to associate with your success. This achievement is not a mean fit considering that several clubs from across Africa took part at the competition. Your achievement at the event is well documented and I am sure you will come tops at the next edition,” the ambassador added.
Consultant to the team, Segun Odegbami (MON), commended the embassy for hosting the team, once again, after the same honour was accorded it, when it finished fourth at the 2015 edition, which also took place in Luanda.
He said the skills and the Nigerian spirit propelled the team to victory over defending champions, Inter Club in the third place match. The former Super Eagles captain noted that the team has done the country proud and would continue to do so at subsequent tournaments.
“I must commend the embassy for hosting us again as well as the team for the great performance they put up throughout the championship especially in the third place match where they demystified the defending champions to pick the bronze.
“I believe that the element of the game conspired to give us the win against Inter club. Once again, I salute the players for their courage,” Odegabmi added.