Udofia Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Nigeria’s Men’s Basketball National Team has qualified to the 2021 FIBA African Nations Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) with an unbeaten record.

D’Tigers won all six qualification games in Group D with the final three games played in Monastir, Tunisia that concluded this past weekend.

Nigeria Forward Ike Diogu Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Nigeria topped the Group ahead of South Sudan and Mali who finished in second and third place respectively; both countries also progressed to the AfroBasket.

Filling in on an interim basis due to absence of Main Coach Mike Brown and Associate Head Coach Alex Nwora due to work schedule clash, Mfon Udofia acquitted himself well in his first run as the lead technical man.

Nigeria Guard Uzoh Photo Courtesy: FIBA

The former Georgia Tech Guard is the youngest Head Coach in Nigeria’s team history following his appointment by Nigeria’s Basketball Federation.

Nigeria beat South Sudan 75-70, beat Rwanda 64-51 and topped Mali with a 76-56 result; the West African nation is one of only four nations to seal a place in the AfroBasket with an unblemished record.

MISSISSAUGA, ON – March 9: College Park Skyhawks Assistant Coach Mfon Udofia and player Cat Barber #12 review game tape before the game against the Raptors 905 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on March 9, 2020 in Mississauga, Ontario. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Christian Bonin/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 31 year old is an Assistant Coach at NBA Gatorade League side College Park SkyHawks.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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