D’Tigress confirm receipt of federal government largesse

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Captain of the D’Tigress, the 2017 Women FIBA Africa Cup of Nations’ title team, Aisha Mohammed says the latest gesture by the federal government to pay them N17.5m as earlier promised by President Muhammadu Buhari will spur the team to do better in future.
Speaking on her team mates’ behalf after receiving the transaction alert of N1m which is her own share of the presidential reward, the captain said the move was timely as they head into 2018 which is the FIBA Women’s World Cup year.
“I can confirm that we have received our money as promised when we went to present the trophy we won in Mali to Mr President. On behalf of the team, I will like to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung for making this a reality.
“We must also not forget sports loving Nigerians who were supporting us while we were battling to bring glory to our motherland.”
Aisha said the recent action by his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari is a bold statement of intent ahead of their preparation for the World Cup.
“We believe that his Excellency will make funds available through the Ministry of Sports for adequate preparation. Like we have continued to maintain, we don’t intend to participate at the 2018 FIBA World Cup just to make up the numbers, we want to show the world that we can compete favourably with the best in the world.”

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