Nigeria’s female basketball national team, D’Tigress former captain, Aisha Mohammed has been hit with an assault charge at the build-up camp in United States of America by her pal, Ijeoma Ajemba.
In what was another point of distraction for D’Tigress, who are currently preparing for the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Tenerife, Spain, Ajembanotified local authorities about an altercation she had with the 2017 AfroBasket winning captain.
The face-off between Mohammed and Ajemba led to three other D’Tigress players trying to break the squabble in the lobby of the hotel of the team’s camp base in Atlanta at 1:50pm on July 27th.
One of the witnesses revealed that Ajemba, who was hit twice in the face by Mohammed, made a formal complaint to the police, after Nigerian officials fined the former captain $100 and stripped her of the team’s leadership role.
At the same time, Ajemba was fined $300 and expelled from the team after a disciplinary hearing at 4:30pm on the day of the fight.
She, however, saw it as an unfair punishment that was induced by team manager, Mactabene Amachree, who is said to have a cordial relationship with Mohammed.
Consequently, after Ajembasought redress with Nigeria Basketball Federation board members in Atlanta and NBBF president, Ahmed Musa Kida via email, but got no response, she opted to seek police action on the matter.
With the team due to leave for Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday for the second phase of camping, it is not clear if Mohammed will be eligible to leave the US or be a part of the team for the World Cup with a court case looming.
Mohammed’s position as team captain has now effectively been handed over to Adaora Elonu, although the new skipper is not yet in camp.