Female basketball national team, D’Tigress star, Evelyn Akhator, who plays for Dallas Wings of America has reasoned that early preparations will help the Nigerian ladies emerge among the best four teams at the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.
Akhator said better preparation will help the team to build on the success of its recent continental victory and expressed hope that the board of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) will aid D’Tigress’ bid to earn global recognition.
Akhator, whose sterling performances helped D’Tigress win this year’s Afrobasket championship in Mali in August, said they can do even better than the feat that saw them leap to fourth position in Africa and 34th in the world.
When asked if three to four months of camping wasn’t on the extreme said, the power forward player said other nations have started preparing already.
“The USA (women) team, have started their training camp end of September, which is to tell you what the competition will look like if we don’t prepare well.
“I want us to be among the best four teams, we just need to keep working and start our training early enough in order to achieve that.
“The earlier the better for us to start. I don’t want to us prepare two weeks to the tournament. I want us to camp three months or four months to the tournament.
“That will help us come together, know each other better before the tournament. It is` World championship, everybody wants to be the best,” Akhator said.