D’Tigress forward, Amy Okonkwo, says it’s a great privilege to lead the team to its fourth-consecutive Women’s Afrobasket title, and to top it all, being crowned the Most Valuable Player of the competition is an honour.
The 26-year-old was undoubtedly Nigeria’s best player in the competition averaging 17.2 points while contributing 8.2 rebounds per game as D’Tigress claimed their sixth women’s basketball continental title on Saturday.
The forward is the only Nigerian player in the competition to record a double-double in two different games while Murjanatu Musa was the only other player to also record a double-double (in one game).
Reacting to her award, the forward who recently rejoined French side Landerneau Brittany Basketball said it is an honour to win not just the MVP award but also to help Nigeria win the title.
“I had the opportunity to lead the team. I told to myself that I was not coming to Kigali to lose anything. And being MVP is a huge honor,” Amy Okonkwo told the Women’s Afrobasket official website.
She also hailed the coach for the confidence she bestowed on the team saying it was the motivation they needed to go all out for the win.
“We have a coach that believes in us. It has us fighting till the end, even in adversity. So we knew we had our destiny in our hands. Even when Senegal came back, we knew we had to step up, to keep together and we made it happen. I was playing in Mexico this summer, and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to come and lead.”