Nigeria celebrates qualification to 2020 Olympics Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Orlando Magic Forward Al–Farouq Aminu has expressed satisfaction with work with Nigeria’s Senior Men’s Basketball Team nicknamed D’Tigers.

The former Portland Trailblazers player is one of a handful of players who have represented the West African nation over the past couple of years despite being born outside the country.

Aminu (left) with former FIBA President Horacio Muratore

With fellow US born player Ike Diogu, Aminu has enjoyed success with D’Tigers on the international stage; Nigeria has qualified to three Olympic Games including the recently postponed 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Nigeria in action at the 2019 World Cup Photo Courtesy:

“I feel really honoured (to have been a part of it)… “I shifted one of my main goals to wanting Nigerian basketball to be held in a good light for a longer time, to having that longevity, and I’m really proud of that. I feel like that goal is being accomplished” he said to


Aside qualifying to the Olympics and competing in last year’s Basketball World Cup, Nigeria won the 2015 AfroBasket title with Aminu playing a key role.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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