Nigeria’s Senior Men’s National Basketball Team-D’Tigers- has booked a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games basketball competition.

Next year’s Olympic games are to be held in Tokyo, Japan and Nigeria has picked up an automatic ticket thanks to an important 86-73 win over China.

Despite missing out on a place in the quarterfinals of the world championship, Nigeria has won three straight games to make up for the failure.

NBA players Josh Okogie of Minnesota Timberwolves and Chimedzie Metu of San Antonio Spurs scored 19 and 11 points respectively in the win. Veteran Ekpe Udoh and Vincent Nnamdi chipped in 13 points and 11 points.

China Captain Yi Jianlian led all players in scoring as he registered 27 points while adding six rebounds, two rebounds and a steal.

The host nation has missed out on an automatic qualification to the Olympic competition due to the loss and Iran’s 95-75 win over Philippines.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter

20 Josh Okogie (NGR)

Okogie Photo Courtesy: FIBA

11 Jianlian Yi (CHN)

Yi Photo Courtesy: FIBA


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