Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday congratulated Nigeria’s senior basketball team, D’Tigers, for emerging as African Champions for the first time in the history of the continental tournament.
An elated Saraki, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu in Abuja, said it was fulfilling that the Nigerian team finally broke the jinx and made the nation proud at the 2015 African Basketball Championship held in Tunisia.
He said that D’Tigers’ victory has rekindled the nation’s hope and confidence in the team, adding that, “beating Angola at the finals of the 2015 Afro-basket Tournament with 74-65 was a superb performance. We are very happy for our team that they have attained this feat,” Saraki said.
The Senate President said the players have written their names in the sands of time just as he challenged the team and its technical crew to redouble their efforts so as to be victorious in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
Saraki also assured Nigerians of the Senate’s commitment to the development of sports through relevant legislations and appropriate budgetary allocations in order to further enhance the nation’s sporting prowess across the globe.