Former Opals captain Jenna O’Hea says Liz Cambage told Nigerian players to ‘go back to your Third World country’ during a training game

Former Opals captain Jenna O’Hea has rejected suggestions she and the team did not provide enough support to Liz Cambage and said she does not think the WNBA star will play for Australia again.

O’Hea also backed allegations about an incident in a training game for the Opals against Nigeria prior to the last Olympics, where it was suggested that Cambage had told Nigerian players to “go back to your Third World country”.

Last November, Cambage was issued with a formal reprimand by an independent panel leading from a Basketball Australia investigation of the game with Nigeria in July.

The panel determined that Cambage “did engage in conduct brought Basketball Australia in to censure”.

The panel found Cambage guilty of one offence, but not guilty of three other alleged incidents.

No detail was given about the incident that had drawn the reprimand, or the three other alleged incidents where she was found not guilty. 

Days after the game, Cambage withdrew from the Opals squad for the Tokyo Olympics, saying that she had been having panic attacks about the prospect of heading into an Olympic COVID bubble.

O’Hea retired from basketball in March after a long career that included captaincy of the Opals and two Olympic Games — she played with Cambage both in the Australian team and in the Southside Flyers side which won the 2020 WNBL grand final.

O’Hea, a panellist on ABC’s Offsiders on Sunday, was asked about the Nigerian game, and whether Cambage had made the comments to opposition players, triggering a brawl, and whether O’Hea and Cambage had not spoken since.

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