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FIBA gives D'Tigers lifeline to participate in Afrobasket championship

Posted : 24 February 2024

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has given Nigeria's senior men's basketball team, D'Tigers, a lifeline, and they can now participate in the Afrobasket Championship.

FIBA had to adjust its fixtures due to the late arrival of the Nigerian senior male national basketball team, D'Tigers, for the 2025 Afrobasket Championship starting yesterday, Friday, February 23, in Tunisia.

D'Tigers had lost hope of featuring due to financial incapacitation two days before the commencement of the championship, eliciting public sympathy.

The torrents of public sympathy poured out to the team from basketball enthusiasts awakened the sports ministry to intervene and provide funds for the team to feature in the championship.

D'Tigers landed in Tunisia late Thursday and will train within a short time before beginning their quest for a ticket to the 2025 Afrobasket Championship.

The initial time for the first match between Nigeria and Libya in Group B was 2 p.m., but because of D'Tigers' late arrival, it was shifted to 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, ahead of the match, the head coach of D'Tigers, Abdulrahman Mohammed, has released a 12-man list, a mix of new players and some others who participated in the unsuccessful pre-Olympic qualifiers in Lagos State last year.


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