Nigeria won its first African Championship in 2015.
Nigeria Coach Alex Nwora

Defending African Nations Championship (AfroBasket) Champions Nigeria is on track to successfully defend its 2015 title after making the quarterfinals of this year’s competition.

D’Tigers have made it through the preliminary stages and play neighbors Cameroon in the second game of the quarterfinals slated for Thursday September 14.

Nigeria topped Group A with two wins in three games recording 78-77 and 90-67 wins over Ivory Coast and Mali respectively before losing to Democratic Republic of Congo.

DR Congo beat Nigeria 83-77 but missed out on Group A’s first position due ton Nigeria’s advantage over Congo; Mali Mali beat Ivory Coast and missed out on progression from the group.

Nigeria has been far from convincing looking at the team’s play and results having narrowly missed a shock loss in the opening game to the Ivorians; a splendid near double double production from Captain Ike Diogu secured the win.

Losing finalist in 2015 Angola, has made it to the knockout phase with Tunisia, Egypt and Senegal appearing in the quarters in consecutive tournaments.

Egypt opens the round with a tough game against Morocco who beat record winner Angola in Group B before Senegal plays Angola and Tunisia takes on DR Congo.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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