Basketballghana.com can confirm the Nigerian National Men’s Basketball Team (D’Tigers) will compete in the second window qualification games in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Africa.
This comes on the back of Nigeria’s Sports Ministry announcing the end to a two year ban put in place to solve a leadership crisis in the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) recently.
The announcement of the end of the ban came in time to allow Nigeria put together its team for the qualifiers that run from July 1 to July 3 at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda. Nigeria’s Female Side won’t compete at the Women’s World Cup later this year despite qualifying to compete as a result of Mali replacing them at the time the ban was effective. (Click highlighted text to watch game highlights)
Nigeria is due to play Cape Verde, Mali and Uganda in Group A; Nigeria leads the Group with two wins and a loss and a better goal difference ahead of Mali with Uganda in third place and Cape Verde ranked bottom of the standings.
The top three countries progress to the next stage of qualification; the call up is headlined by Sacramento Kings Forward Chimezie Metu who was part of D’Tigers team that competed at the Tokyo Games last year.
Below is a full list of players called up:
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter