Nigerian women’s national basketball team, D’Tigress superstar, Evelyn Akhator has shot a look back at her strides in the giants’ sport and says God has always come true for her.
The ex-First Bank Female Basketball Club of Lagos ace, who was hooked by Dallas Wings as third overall pick in the 2017 draft in USA’s Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), said God has been good to her.
The Besiktas of Turkey power forward-cum-center, who is now setting the Turkish Women’s Basketball Lig agog with sterling performances, played 15 games in her rookie season for Dallas, where she averaged 0.9 points, 0.2 blocks, 0.1 steals, but was waived on May 13, 2018.
Akhator, was regarded as one of D’Tigress’ best performers in their gold-winning expedition at the FIBA Women’s 2017 Afrobasket Championship in Mali, says national teammate, Nkem Akaraiwe, is in her closest pals.
The 2017 African championship was her first ever outing for Nigeria, but Akhator showed no complexes, as she averaged 15.3 points per game and 9.5 rebounds, en route to being named among the top-five players.
Akhator was also part of the Nigerian team at the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, where she averaged 12.6 points, 9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in taking D’Tigress to the quarter-finals in Tenerife, Spain.
She was born in Nigeria but lived in Kentucky, USA, starred in America’s WNBA, before moving on to Dynamo Novosibirsk of Russia and Besiktas of Turkey, where she is currently holding her own in massive dimension.
The 24-year-old lass, born February 3, 1995, signed with Novosibirsk in 2017, after which she went on to average 12.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game then, on August 22, 2018, Akhator signed with Besiktas.
Akhator won the Best Sportswoman and Basketball Player Of The Year gongs at the 2018 Nigerian Sports Award (NSA), which brought tears to her eyes, as she recounted the years of struggling and toiling she went through in order to reach the pinnacle of her career.
Haven already seen top flight action at club and national team levels, one would have thought Akhator is already satiated, but she says she is still thinking of more exploits ahead of her.
The ambivert, who recalls initially growing up thinking of a huge football career ahead of her, says everything she has achieved in down to God’s grace and favour in her life.
Akhator stated: “I have every reason to be thankful to God. Whoever says there’s no God, that person doesn’t have brain.
“My life is a living testimony. #grateful #Godisgood He always come through for me.”