Buhari assures D’Tigers of adequate govt support
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Nigerian national men’s Basketball team, D’Tigers, of the Federal Government’s support to prepare and perform well at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The President gave the assurance yesterday while congratulating the team on their victory over Angola in yesterday’s final of the FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Tunisia.
A statement by the Presidential Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Buhari joined other sports-loving Nigerians in applauding the D’Tigers’ exhilarating 74-65 victory over their Angolan opponents, which also secured Nigeria’s qualification for the men’s basketball event at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
The statement read: “The President commends the players for displaying exemplary strength, courage, determination and patriotism, as well as great skills and creativity to dethrone Angola, the perennial African basketball champions.
“President Buhari urges members of the team and their handlers to work very hard to surpass their extraordinary heroics in Tunisia before a global audience at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro and bring even greater glory to Nigeria.
“The President assures the team, its managers and the Nigerian Basketball Federation that his administration will give them and Nigeria’s other representatives at the next Olympic Games, the fullest possible support to ensure that they are well prepared to excel against the champions of other countries and regions in Rio De Janeiro.”