The Nigerian Men’s and Women’s national team at the ongoing 2015 All African Games got their campaign off to a winning start in Brazzaville, Congo. With both sides tipping off their group games coincidentally against Mali, the Women were the first to register a win after coming out on top in a nail biter against a strong Malian side. New Celta Semark of Spain signee Sarah Ogoke led all scorers with 20 points as Nigeria took the game 70-69, Ogoke also added 6 rebounds. Joyce Ekworomadu had 14 points in the game with Adaora Elonu chipping in with 13 points of her own. The Women’s team who are using the competition as a dress rehearsal for the Women’s Afrobasket will tip off their next game against Mozambique tomorrow.
Earlier today, the Men’s team easily registered a win against Mali 76-59 after controlling the game from start to finish. With a team mostly filled with homebased players, it was Kano Pillars star man Abubakar Usman that did most of the damage going 10-10 from the free throw line to lead all scorers with 21 points. Mark Mentors guard Stanley Gumut added 12 points as Nigeria looked comfortable in their opening game. The Men will also be going up against Mozambique tomorrow.