Ogwumike sisters won’t give up on playing for Nigeria

July 27, 2021 Off By Oha

Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams say they haven’t given up their dream of representing Nigeria in the future after they were denied the opportunity to play for the country women’s basketball team at the Tokyo Games.

The three WNBA stars, who all have American and Nigerian citizenship, would have strengthened D’Tigress squad at the Olympics, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled they were ineligible to represent Nigeria at the moment after having played for the United States.

“I still have a lot of pride and high hopes for the Nigerian team as it is composed now,” Nneka Ogwumike told ESPN.

“So, maybe this time around, I won’t be a part of it directly, but I certainly do hope that I can be in the future.”

“I think the fight has just begun,” Chiney Ogwumike said. “I cannot accept to being called a naturalized citizen, when I have full citizenship.

“People don’t know the extent to which my family, and myself in particular, ever since I was at Stanford, has been going back to Nigeria to help. So to have someone say that I am not Nigerian is not fair to my family or my heritage or myself. It just does not feel right at all.”

Williams, who plays for the Atlanta Dream said, “It’s really about the principle now. We’re still going to keep appealing and fighting because I think people need to understand there are a lot of us that have dual citizenship. Even if we grew up here, our households look very different than what people think, and that part of us is very real.