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D’Tigers’ Aisha Mohammed (left) goes against Mariam Kouyate of Cote d’Ivoire during a FIBA Afrobasket game. PHOTO: FIBA

Day Zenith Bank Rewards D’Tigress With Cash

Zenith Bank PLC., Nigeria’s major sponsor of women basketball, delighted the victorious women’s national team, D’Tigress with cash awards during a brief reception at its corporate headquarters in Lagos.

In his address at the reception, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, expressed his excitement on the feat by the girls, saying, “I am extremely happy to receive the victorious and elegant Queens with the trophy.

“One is for you to be a champion, but another thing is to defend the title, which you have done in grand style. You didn’t just do that, but you defeated your major rival in their bedroom to lift the trophy.

“This result is a source of joy to us at Zenith Bank because it shows that all our investment in the last 15 years is not in vain. To appreciate your victory, we will put a token into individual accounts, including the players, the officials, and the backroom staff.”

Reacting to the reception and cash rewards, the captain of the D’Tigress, Adaora Elonu appreciated the Zenith Bank for its support, while appealing for more support towards the Olympic Games’ qualifiers.

Also speaking at the reception, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President, Musa Kida applauded the winning mentality of the team, adding that, “What the players went through to win the trophy cannot be said with the words of mouth.

“They played against a better-prepared team which was the host, against over 20,000 Senegalese supporters, who were rooting for their team to lift the title, but they came out unscathed.

“The NBBF thanked Zenith Bank for their support of over 15 years, and I am happy you promised to continue to support the federation and also decision to use your office to bring in more sponsors so as to develop basketball more from the grassroots.”

Zenith Bank has been the official sponsor of Nigeria’s women basketball League in the past 15 years, and the Bank has been at the forefront of supporting the national team.

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