NIAMEY (FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016) - STT SC of Niger Republic may have finished bottom of the three-team double elimination series at the concluded FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women (ACCW) Zone Three qualifiers held in Lome, Togo but the team did not return home empty handed.
Obviously not expecting to get even a medal at the end of the championship, Tahirou only arrived the Stade Eyadema de Lome on the evening to watch the remaining games but was shocked when was called out to collect her medals.
Her team got medals for finishing in third place but it did not end there as she received three individual awards. She led all players in scoring and rebounding was named one of the best five players of the qualifiers.
Tahirou might not be part of the Final Round action - which will take place from 25 November-4 December in Mozambique's capital of Maputo - but she is excited that she and her team had something to cheer about.
"We had a tough championship at the beginning losing our first game due to fatigue. Unfortunately we didn't recover to take any game. We felt sad that we ended that way but are glad that we have learnt a great deal from other teams. We didn't expect to even get a medal but the surprise we got is satisfying," she said.
"I was particularly elated to have picked up three awards. They are challenges for me to get better in the game. I can now look forward to the next championship knowing that we can do better."
Other winners included the duo of Etoile Filante's Ama Adjoussi who led all players in assists and Akpene Kodjo, who had the most block shots, while First Bank's Deborah Nwakanma was the best three-point shooter.