LOME (FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016) - The first-time qualifier for the final round of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women, Etoile Filante cannot stop imagining their luck as they prepare for Maputo, Mozambique.
We may not be as strong as First Bank and other continental powerhouses but we’re determined to showcase Togolese basketball.” - N’Dukwu
The 21-year-old shooting guard born of a Nigerian father from Ohafia in Abia State and a Togolese mother says she is proud to represent Togo.
“I don’t know any other place but Togo and I don’t think twice about it. All my years in basketball at U15, U16, U18 has been for Togo and I intend to continue,” she stated without blinking an eye.
For N’Dukwu and her teammates, going to Mozambique will be a great opportunity for them to learn. Speaking on behalf of her team, she says that they are already looking forward to the final round.
“Making it to Final round is a great opportunity for Etoile Filante and all the fans of the game in the country. As players, we want to make use of the opportunity of qualification. The opposition is not what we want to worry about for now because we intend to face every team as they come. We may not be as strong as First Bank and other continental powerhouses but we’re determined to showcase Togolese basketball.”
Though, she admits that teams in the final round will be nothing compared to the teams that were in Lome for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women Zone 3 qualifiers but says they are not perturbed.
“We’re preparing ourselves very hard and with the support of our federation, we hope to be ready for the battle ahead.”
Etoile Filante finished second place in the double elimination to First Bank of Nigeria.