This year’s FIBA World Cup kicked off in China last week with a game between Japan and Montenegro. Nigeria’s national basketball team, D’Tigers was unsuccessful in their first two games at the first group stage. Despite these initial losses, the team has now gone on to beat host country, China 86-73, earning them an automatic ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games which will be held in Tokyo.
During their first quarter of the game against China, D’Tigers were down 21-19 but powered through and went on to defeat China in the other three quarters. This will be the team’s third consecutive appearance at the Olympics. The President of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, Eng. Musa a Kida had this to say about the team and their qualification for the 2020 Olympics.
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NBBF President, Engr Musa a Kida speaks on the victory of the D’Tigers and qualification for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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