Adaora Elonu has been appointed captain of the Nigeria Senior Women’s National Basketball Team ahead of the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup holding in Spain.
The appointment of the former Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca of Spain player who recently got signed by WNBA side, Atlanta Dreams, was made by D’Tigress new head coach, Otis Hughley, on Friday.
Otis said the decision was taken in the best interest of the team ahead of the championship.
He believes Elonu’s maturity and experience will serve the team well on and off the court.
Adaora replaces the duo of Aisha Mohammed and Ezinne Kalu-Phelps who captained the team to the 2017 Afrobasket Championship in Mali.
The 6’1 Elonu’s appointment was favored by players on the national team who pledged their total support.
The 28-year-old Elonu is one of the most experienced members of the national team and was a key player on the team that won the bronze medal at the 2015 Afrobasket where she was voted as one of the tournament’s best five players. She was also a member of the squad that won gold at the Afrobasket 2017 championship in Mali where she averaged 9.1points per game and the team’s high 3.9 assists.