The victorious female national basketball team has been received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
The President approved N1 million each for the D’Tigress, who conquered Africa in the 2017 FIBA Women AfroBasket tournament in Mali and qualifying for the 2018 FIBA Women Basketball World Cup in Spain.
The president also gave team officials N500,000 each.
Buhari made the announcement at the commencement the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday – the first he would attend since he returned from his medical leave in the UK.
The team captain, Aisha Mohammed, said the cash reward from the president would encourage them to win gold next year in Spain.
Also, Musa Ahmadu Kid, president of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBF), said the team won because of the “democratic process that has returned to the federation”.
He further expressed optimism that the team could achieve the same success when they go to Spain.