Nigeria women basketball team, D’ Tigress are through to the 2024 Olympics in Paris after Belgium defeated Senegal on Friday.
Nigeria secured back to back appearances at the showpiece event, having also featured last time at Tokyo 2020.
Despite losing to a formidable opponent in USA earlier in the day a subsequent victory by Belgium over Senegal was enough to wrap up a ticket to Paris with a game to spare in Antwerp.
Having seen other African nations punch tickets previously for the Olympics, that badge of honor was something Nigeria adopted in 2004 when they made history with a debut in Athens.
Then after a long wait, it finally happened again for them as they got their spot for Tokyo 2020. And, while the African champs struggled on the court and finished one off the bottom, that was not a surprise in a nightmare group with all three podium teams.
Their return to the big show in 2024 might see them able to improve on two 11th placed finishes.