•By Wale Joseph, Lagos
Nigeria Basketball Men’s team, D’Tigers today (Sunday) in China defeated Chinese Basketball National team by 86-73 points to pick direct 2020 Olympics ticket finishing as the best Africa country at the ongoing FIBA World Cup.
D’Tigers lost the first quarter of the match by 21-19 points to the Chinese, but went on to win the remaining three quarters by 16-10, 25-20 and 26-22 to end the match on the high with 86-73 points.
With the victory coming from the classification match of the FIBA World Cup, Nigeria’s, D’Tigers emerge as the highest ranked Africa country, thus picking the only direct slot available for the Continent ahead of Tunisia who had earlier beaten another Africa country, Angola.
Speaking from China, board member of Nigeria Basketball Federation, Oluwaseun Afolabi Oni expressed joy over the victory praising the players and coaching crew for making Nigeria proud.
He also praise the Musa Kida led board for working very hard to make sure Nigeria did well at the FIBA World Cup.
He however charged the Sports Ministry to work with the board in preparing the team ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.