Nigerian shooting guard Nkechi Akashili is keen of making the final roaster for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.
Akashili, who is a member of the victorious D’Tigress that claimed the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 ahead of Senegal is already thinking about 2018, “Making the final round to the World Cup would be big for my profile. We need to do well. I have to continue doing well and carry my team, contribute and not just make up numbers,” she explained.
“It is a great dream. That is what most people wish to be. I do not know how to express myself. It will be a great achievement and high profile.”
In 2016, she was left out of the Nigerian side that featured in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in France but she picked positives from the omission and has been at it trying to prove that she can be the piece of the puzzle Nigeria will need at the big stage.
Reigning champions Nigeria and runners-up Senegal will represent Africa at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2018 set to be held from September 22-30 in Tenerife, Spain.
The 27-year-old star also won silver at the inaugural FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup in Togo in November before guiding her club side First Bank of Nigeria to Third-Place at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women in Angola last month.
Like every ambitious player, the Delta State-born has always wanted to be at the top but she confesses, it is not a rosy journey. It involves hard work, determination and most of all, commitment. A five-time domestic league MVP in Nigeria between 2010-2016, the soft-spoken Akashili gives an impression that she is gentle until she has to beat whatever opposition is in front of her to make it count on the board.