In front of the Ladies’ AfroBasket booked to hold in Rwanda, VP of the Nigeria Basketball Alliance, Babs Ogunade, has says the best players will be chosen for the competition paying little heed to where they are based, The PUNCH reports.

The 26th version of the 12-country rivalry happens at the BK Field, Kigali from July 28 to August 6.

D’Tigress will expect to protect the title they won a long time back in Cameroon graciousness of a 70-59 triumph against Mali in Yaounde.

Nigeria, who are trying to come out on top for the title for the fourth back to back time, has consequently qualified as reigning champs.

Talking with The PUNCH, Ogunade said open doors would be given to the locally established players who are sufficient to make the group.

“We are really buckling down in assembling a group that will address the country in Rwanda,” he said.

“For such tasks, we search for the absolute best players that are accessible paying little heed to where they are. Assuming the best players are abroad we get them and assuming that they are here, that is fine. The Nigerian ladies’ association is on and we will search for players who are adequate to address Nigeria.”

The biennial ladies’ AfroBasket will act as qualifiers for the FIBA Ladies’ Reality Cup African Qualifiers and the Pre Olympic Qualifiers.

The last three releases of the competition were held in Cameroon (2021), Senegal (2019), and Mali (2017), and it’s whenever the East African nation first will have the ladies’ AfroBasket.

Groups equipped for the occasion so far incorporate defending champs Nigeria, has Rwanda, Mali, Cameroon, Senegal, Mozambique, DR Congo and Egypt.

The leftover spots for the biennial Ladies’ AfroBasket will be finished over the course of the following couple of months through provincial qualifiers.

As per FIBA Africa’s Contests Office, the following local qualifier will occur from June 30 to July 2 in Ivory Coast.

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