Tokyo 2020: NBBF hires NBA coach for D’Tigers

The Nigeria Basketball Federation have appointed Golden State Warriors Associate Coach Mike Brown to lead D’Tigers to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The coach who broke the news from his base in the United States expressed happiness over the the opportunity. “I’m honored and humbled that Musa Kida and NBBF have given me this opportunity,” he said. “The Nigerian Basketball Federation has been very professional and organized throughout the vetting process. “They want to continue to build a world-class team and organization on and off the court. I’m excited to…

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D’Tigers ranked 23rd best team in the World

D’Tigers have moved  up 10 places to the 23rd in the World in the latest FIBA ranking released after the 2019 FIBA men’s World Cup in China. The senior men’s team who became the first country in the world to qualify for the World Cup won 3 games and lost 2 during the competition to finish 17th out of the 32 participating team. The Alex Nwora tutored side who have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still ranked number 1  in Africa ahead of Angola, Tunisia, Senegal and Côte…

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Tokyo 2020: We want early, solid preparation, D’Tigers coach insists

After leading the D’Tigers to Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket, national basketball coach Alex Nwora has cried out to sports authorities in the country to facilitate  solid preparation for his side ahead of the Games. The Nigerian team secured an Olympic Games ticket after defeating hosts Russia  86-73 points  in their final game of the on-going FIBA Men’s World Cup on Sunday. The team’s success has received plenty plaudits but Nwora insisted that it was important a solid foundation is laid for a formidable outing in the Olympics next summer. He…

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Buhari congratulates D’Tigers on victory over China

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated D’Tigers for securing a Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket courtesy of their 86-73 victory over China at the FIBA World Cup 2019. A State House statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said the President praised the team’s energy and resilience that ensured Nigeria picked the Olympics ticket. The statement said: “President Buhari congratulates the team for the energetic, resilient and skilful outing that saw them out-playing and out-pacing opponents during the tournament, assuring the team that the nation remains proud…

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D’Tigers beat China, secure Olympic Games ticket

Charles Ogundiya Nigeria’s male basketball team, the D’Tigers, on Sunday secured an automatic qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after defeating China in their final Classification 17-32 Group M game. Having seen their FIBA Basketball World Cup dreams over, Nigeria had to come back from losing the first quarter to emerge winnersin the game. The first quarter ended 21-19 points in favour of China, the coach Alex Nwora-led team, however, returned with more vigour to win the remaining three quarters to edge the game 86-73 points.

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D’Tigers beat China, secure Olympic Games ticket

Charles Ogundiya Nigeria’s male basketball team, the D’Tigers, on Sunday secured an automatic qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after defeating China in their final Classification 17-32 Group M game. Having seen their FIBA Basketball World Cup dreams over, Nigeria had to come back from losing the first quarter to emerge winnersin the game. The first quarter ended 21-19 points in favour of China, the coach Alex Nwora-led team, however, returned with more vigour to win the remaining three quarters to edge the game 86-73 points.

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Tokyo 2020 ticket: D’Tigers face Côte d’Ivoire in crunch tie

D’Tigers on Thursday arrived in Guangzhou in time for their classification game against Cote d’Ivoire. Having narrowly missed out of the second round ticket, the team has now set their sight on picking an automatic ticket to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Head Coach, Alex Nwora said that with the victory against Korea on Tuesday, there was everything to fight for starting with the important game against their West African rivals. “The team has continued to improve and we hope to step it up on Thursday. Tunisia, Senegal, Angola and…

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D’Tigers whip Korea, head to Guangzhou for Olympics ticket

Nigeria bounced back against Korea to record its first win 108-66 points at the ongoing FIBA World Cup holding in China. The win after 2 previous attempts and losses to Russia and Argentina was enough to put the team in contention to pick the 2020 Olympics sole automatic ticket on offer for Africa. The team who were fired up minutes before the game by the NBBF President, Musa Kida, shot to the lead seconds to the end of first quarter courtesy of a last gasp 2 points layup from Ike…

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Winning opening match against Russia key – D’Tigers

As the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup gets underway in China on Saturday, the D’Tigers hope to start against Russia on a winning note. The team fully focused on the task ahead said starting with victory on Saturday is very important as they plan to go as far as possible in the tournament. Head coach, Alex Nwora admitted that Russia ranked 10th in the latest FIBA ranking will be a very difficult nut to crack but said a victory is not impossible. Nwora, who on Tuesday released the final 12…

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FIBA World Cup: We’re ready to create upsets – D’Tigers’ Okogie

One of Nigeria’s 12-man squad representing the country at the FIBA World Cup jumping off on Saturday in China, Josh Okogie, has said they are focussed to do great things the big team in their group notwithstanding. The 20-year-old Minnesota Timberwolves said they were in China to make a statement against top teams like Argenitina and Russia in their group. “I am so excited and very much looking forward to the start of the competition. I’m so proud to be wearing the green jersey, to be representing Nigeria and to…

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