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Junior D’Tigers relish visit NBA, Aspire Academy in Senegal


The Junior D’Tigers were taken to a tour of the famous NBA and Aspire facility in Senegal…yesterday.

It was fun and a life changing experience for Nigeria’s national U16 boys to the recently concluded FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Cape Verde, as they were taken through a facility tour of the NBA and Aspire Academy in Dakar during a 14-hour stopover in the West African nation.

The team and technical crew were shown the world class facilities that have trained and nurtured stars, not just in basketball, but sports in general, with the young lads also setting their eyes on achieving such heights.

The boys also had the opportunity of meeting two Nigerian players, Timothy Ighoefe and Chukwudalu Egbeogu, currently honing their skills in the NBA academy, which also boast other Nigerians, Joshua Ojianuwa and Oluwatobi Samuel, on their roster.


At the tour, Timothy Ighoefe, who recently committed his college loyalty to Georgetown University in the U.S., told the boys to keep their heads high, work hard and be disciplined to achieve their goals.

He also encouraged them to be proud of the result they achieved at the recently concluded Africa U16 championship in Cape Verde, revealing that they ended up achieving a lot despite the short time they had to prepare.

Captain of the Nigerian team, Bormini Dennis appreciated the opportunity of meeting with Nigerian basketball players, who have achieved the heights they want to get to and also expressed his delights at seeing such a massive facility.

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