Tuesday saw the publication of a 12-man squad by the Nigeria Basketball Federation for the FIBA African World Cup qualifiers in Kigali.
This comes after the FG decided to reverse its earlier decision to ban Nigeria’s basketball teams from playing in any international games.
Teams for the D’Tigers will be headed by Alan Major, who will fill in for the team’s head coach, Mike Brown, who just accepted the position of coach of the Sacramento Kings. Ogoh Odaudu will support him as well.
Ben Emelogu (Rouen Metropolitan, France), Michael Oriakhi (Rivers Hoopers), Ikenna Ndugba (Greensboro Swarm, NBA G League), Uchenna Iroegbu, Michael Okiki (Gombe Bulls), Michael Gbinijie (Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA G League), and Ibe Agu make up the team (Customs, Abuja)
Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings), Victor Koko (Rivers Hoopers), Christian Mekowolu (Casademont Zaragoza, Spain), TK Edogi (Kolin, Czech Republic), and Emmanuel Omogbo are more players on the list (H.Izrael, Israel).
Nigeria, which is currently ranked #1 in Africa, will begin their campaign on July 1 against Cape Verde before playing Mali the following day. On Sunday, July 3, at the BK arena in Kigali, the final game will take place against Uganda.
In the second round, each team will play six games, with the top three teams from each group moving on. The best third-place team in each group as well as the top two teams in each group will advance to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.