Three Nigerian-American sisters, Nneka, Chiney, and Erica Ogwumike have taken a decision to represent their home country in the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo. The sisters have been celebrated online by Nigerians who got thrilled by their choice.
Nneka, who is the eldest of all, told reporters that her family will be more than happy seeing them play for their country of origin. “It’s something I know my family would be very proud of …for it to happen would be such a blessing. To be able to do something big for a big part of our heritage would be fantastic. I’m hoping it will contribute to the growth we’re experiencing for Africa in basketball.” She said.
Nneka, Chiney and Erica were drafted into the WNBA in 2012, 2014 and 2020 respectively. Nneka and Chiney play for Los Angeles Sparks whilst Erica plays for the Minnesota Lynx team.
Nneka who won a gold medal with the US national team in 2014 and 2018 at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup also bagged the most valuable player at the 2016 Women NBA.
Chiney on the other hand ended Stanford’s play in 2014 as the all-high goal scorer whilst Erica is also on record to have had over 400 ball steals in 141 matches in high school.
There was an initial fear of denial due to FIBA’s rules since two among the sisters, Nneka and Chiney ever featured in games for the US. However, US Basketball released both of them after Nneka approached the body with the demand to represent Nigeria. If everything goes as expected, the three sisters could make history in Basketball.