Nigeria’s amazing women’s basketball team, the D’Tigress, roared their way to the 2024 Olympics in Paris! Even though they faced a tough loss against the USA, they clawed their way to victory by beating Senegal earlier in the qualifiers.
The big basketball game between the USA and Nigeria was already settled, with the USA going straight to the Olympics. But there were still two more spots up for grabs! Four teams were to battle it out in Antwerp, Belgium, and the top two, besides the USA and France, would get to pack their bags for Paris.
Nigeria’s amazing women’s basketball team, the D’Tigress, came back from behind to beat Senegal in a super close game, making them one of the two lucky teams heading to Paris! This was a huge win, as it helped them qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The D’Tigress are going back just like they did in Tokyo 2020. This is their second Olympics in a row, showing the world their incredible skills and determination.
Basketball teams from around the world are fighting it out for a chance to play in the Olympics!
In Sopron, Hungary, Canada, Japan, Hungary, and Spain are all hoping to grab one of the three spots up for grabs.
Over in Belem, Brazil, it’s Australia, Brazil, Germany, and Serbia all aiming for one of the three tickets on offer.
Meanwhile, in Xi’an, China, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico are battling it out for just two spots.
It’s a close race in all three locations, so every game counts! Who will make it to the Olympics?
Nigeria’s basketball team, the D’Tigress, secured their spot alongside powerhouses like France (the hosts), the USA (the reigning champions), and Belgium. But the D’Tigress aren’t just happy to be there; they have their sights set on a big improvement over their 11th-place finish in the 2020 Tokyo Games.
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Adidas Set To Launch Bob Marley x Adidas Sneakers
Sportswear giant Adidas is teaming up with the estate of the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley to release a special edition of their classic SL 72 running shoe. This exciting collaboration is expected to launch as part of Adidas’ Summer 2024 collection, according to information discovered by Complex magazine.
While Adidas has yet to officially confirm the release, whispers of the collaboration have been swirling. Zuri Marley, granddaughter of the reggae icon, even shared a glimpse of the sneakers on her TikTok account recently.
@zurimarley The Adidas Bob Marley SL72 is so sick ❤️💛💚 @Bob Marley: One Love @adidas #adidasoriginals #kaceymusgraves #bobmarley #onelove #threelittlebirds ♬ son original – tereva
The highly anticipated Bob Marley x Adidas SL 72 (identified by style code JP5171) features a sleek black upper adorned with vibrant green and wine-coloured accents on the sole. It proudly displays Bob Marley’s image and name on the tongue and sock liner, while his signature is elegantly embossed in gold on the heel. This unique design promises to be a must-have for fans of both the iconic musician and classic footwear.
Adidas has a rich history of incorporating Bob Marley’s iconic style into its designs. However, the upcoming SL 72 marks the first official sneaker collaboration between the brand and the reggae legend’s estate. Marley, a known fan of the brand, was often photographed wearing Adidas apparel and footwear, including the SL 72 model. Previous projects hinting at this connection include the 2008 Adidas Pro Model, released in partnership with Marley’s record label, Tuff Gong. Further collaborations have emerged alongside the recent resurgence of interest in Marley, sparked by the film “Bob Marley: One Love,” including Jamaica-themed Adidas projects and a dedicated Bob Marley collection by designer Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear of God Athletics line, produced in conjunction with Adidas.
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William Troost-Ekong To Undergo Minor Surgery
Nigerian football defender William Troost-Ekong, who plays for the national team, the Super Eagles, is expected to have a short surgical procedure in Finland this week. This operation is necessary to treat an injury he sustained while playing in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
William Troost-Ekong sustained an injury during their crucial second group stage match against the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire. Despite this setback, he displayed incredible resilience by scoring the winning goal from a penalty kick, playing a key role in securing victory for his team. Although the injury forced him to miss the following game against Guinea-Bissau, Troost-Ekong’s determination saw him return to the starting lineup and play every minute of the remaining matches in the tournament, showcasing his dedication and commitment to the Super Eagles.
The former Watford player, a dominant force for Nigeria during the AFCON 2023 finals, delivered three crucial goals and consistently showcased his talent. His well-rounded performance rightfully earned him the Player of the Tournament title.
The surgery William Troost-Ekong underwent is expected to fix the injury he got while playing in the competition. This will allow him to make a full recovery and rejoin his Greek club, PAOK, on the playing field again sometime near the end of the current season.
William Troost-Ekong is a Dutch-born Nigerian professional footballer who captains the Nigeria national team. He also plays as a center-back for the Greek club PAOK.
Despite facing near exclusion from the national squad, he emerged as a hero at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, leading the defense with an injury and even scoring crucial goals. He was named the Player of the Tournament for his outstanding performance.
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Super Falcons Set To Clash With Lionesses In Olympic Qualifiers
The much-anticipated match between Nigeria’s Super Falcons and Cameroon’s Lionesses is set for this Friday. It will be happening on February 23rd, 2024, in Douala, Cameroon. This crucial first leg of a two-game series holds immense significance. The winner will progress to the final round of the African qualifiers for the prestigious Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.
With their coach, Randy Waldrum, back in charge, the Super Falcons are in good hands.
They are eager to represent Nigeria well and secure their dream of participating in the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Led by the talented Asisat Oshoala, a six-time winner of Africa’s Best Female Footballer award, the Super Falcons have built a strong team under the guidance of Coach Waldrum. This formidable squad, boasting 20 additional skilled players alongside Oshoala, is determined to conquer any obstacles that stand in their way.
Their ultimate goal is to secure victory against the formidable Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon.
The journey to Paris 2024 hasn’t been without its hurdles. Since their last Olympic appearance in Beijing in 2008, the Falcons have faced difficulties qualifying for subsequent games. Recall that the Super Falcons were defeated by the indomitable lionesses in the London 2012 Olympics. This dashed their hopes of participating in the tournament.
However, the Super Falcons are now more resolute than ever to claim their rightful place in the upcoming games.
Coach Waldrum has chosen a strong team for the upcoming match. The coach is featuring talented players like defender Ashley Plumptre and midfielders Halimatu Ayinde, Toni Payne, and Christy Ucheibe.
The lineup also includes goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and forwards Rasheedat Ajibade and Uchenna Kanu.
This team is prepared to make a strong impression on the international stage.
Excitement is building as the Falcons prepare to face off against the Lionesses in what promises to be a thrilling match.
With their sights set on competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics, the Nigerian Falcons are determined to secure their place in the tournament.
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