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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Nigeria’s national women basketball team coach, Otis Hughley Jr., has asked Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) to help improve women's basketball by allowing Nigerian American players, Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams to represent Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics.


Hughley, made this known after D’Tigress lost by 93-62 against Team USA in their last exhibition game in Las Vegas on Sunday.


The two players have been denied the chance to play for Nigeria, a situation which prompted the Women NBA stars to write a petition to FIBA asking to be allowed to join the Nigeria team since their parents are Nigerians. 

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In addition, Nigeria's final roster for the Olympics which begins this week is yet to be determined as Nigeria tries to bring on Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams into the team.


Williams did play for Nigeria in the exhibition game, while Ogwumike and her sister, Chiney, who was approved to play as a naturalized player for Nigeria, were on the bench. Also, Erica Ogwumike, the youngest of the four Ogwumike sisters, had five points for Nigeria. Atonye Nyingifa scored nine points to lead the team.

Nigeria will face USA in the opening Group B game in the Olympics on Tuesday, July 27.
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