D’Tigers land in China, ready for FIBA World Cup
• Nwora to release 12-man roster next week
Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball national team, D’Tigers have arrived in China for the last phase of their FIBA World Cup preparation.
The team, which departed Lagos through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport aboard Emirate Airline, arrived in China on Wednesday night before proceeding to Yangzhou for the Peak Invitational International tournament, which started yesterday and will end on August 27.
The Coach Alex Nwora tutored side with 15 players still in camp eight days to the World Cup will compete against fellow World Cup bound Iran, Montenegro and Poland as they perfect their plans.
Nwora revealed that he would release the final 12-man list after their Peak Invitational campaign on August 27 ahead of their first game against Russia on August 31.Nigeria, whose last appearance at the World Cup was in 2006, is grouped alongside Russia, Argentina and Korea.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his fatherly role in the senior women basketball team’s 2019 Afrobasket triumph.
The board, led by Musa Kida, said the President’s unflinching support provided the enabling environment for the federation to prepare the team for their Afrobasket title defense.
According to Kida, “His Excellency’s support was vital to D’Tigress success. He came through for us as the father of the Nation when we needed him most and the entire team and the board is grateful for this.”
Kida said the outstanding records achieved under President Buhari could not have been possible without his express support and personal efforts.
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