Women September 24, 2018 at 09:42 am

These two African countries make history at the Women’s Basketball World Cup [Watch]

Francis Akhalbey | Content Manager

Francis Akhalbey September 24, 2018 at 09:42 am

September 24, 2018 at 09:42 am | Women

Photo Credit: fiba.basketball

Senegal and Nigeria made it known they are in for the gold and are definitely not going to be walk-overs at the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup currently taking place in Spain.

On Sunday, both teams made Africa proud and also made history while at it. The Senegal team became the first African country to win a pool game at the tournament beating Latvia 70 – 69.

Senegal team celebrating after their win — Photo Credit: fiba.basketball

“It’s a historic win and we’ve broken the curse. I’m very proud because we did it. We wanted it and the girls did everything.” Said the Senegal coach Cheikh Sarr in a post-game interview with FIBA.

The Nigerian team subsequently kept up the tempo with a 74 – 68 win over Turkey despite almost blowing off a 17-point lead. This was their first ever win in the tournament.

Photo Credit: Photo Credit: fiba.basketball

Speaking with FIBA, Sarah Ogoke, who finished off the game as top-scorer with 22 points said, “It was great. I have played for a while with the National Team and I felt as though I personally had a point to prove. We finally got an opportunity to show what we can do with this historic win against Turkey.”

The Nigerians clearly couldn’t hide their excitement in the locker room after their historic victory!

Nigeria is set to play Argentina while Senegal will match up against China in their next games. The tournament is set to end on September 30. Wishing both teams the very best of luck!

 

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