Nigeria in action at the 2019 World Cup Photo Courtesy: can confirm Nigeria’s Men’s National Basketball Team is the sole African nation to compete at the Tokyo Olympics that commences on July 24.

Nigeria celebrates qualification to 2020 Olympics Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Popularly known as D’Tigers booked its spot thanks to bagging three wins in five games at the 2019 Basketball World Cup. However, three other African countries in contention to book a spot at the Games have since failed to do so.

Selton Miguel v Poland Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Senegal couldn’t fly out from Germany to Serbia to compete in the mini qualification tournament due to COVID 19 disruptions. The team was set to compete against Italy and Puerto Rico.

Yannick Moreira Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Angola on the other hand, played in the mini tournament without a handful of its best players including Point Guard Carlos Morais. Petro Luanda players selected to camp were dismissed from the team after failing to give reason for failing to report to camp.

Tunisia Center Salah Mejri Photo Courtesy:

Tunisia lost 70-75 in a decisive game to Croatia that ended its bid to make it to the Olympics and the team played without veteran Guard Michael Roll.

Nigeria however, will compete in its third Olympics in a row.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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