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NBBF Names 12-Man D’Tigers Squad For FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

The 12-man list for the male national basketball team that will play for Nigeria in the third window of the FIBA African World Cup qualifications was made public by the Nigeria Basketball Federation on Tuesday.

The NBBF also revealed that Alan Major, a former head coach of the Patriots BBC in Kigali, will oversee the team throughout the qualifying phase with assistance from Ogoh Odaudu.

The 12-man team is made up of local players from some of the greatest basketball teams in the nation, the NBA and NBA G-League, as well as from all around Europe.

Following the Federal Government’s lifting of the prohibition on international competitions, Nigeria, who presently sits atop the African rankings, will take part in the third window of qualifications slated to take place in Kigali, Rwanda from June 27 to July 5, 2022.

The team includes Ikenna Ndugba (Greensboro Swarm, NBA G League), Uchenna Iroegbu (Free agent), Michael Okiki (Gombe Bulls), Ben Emelogu (Rouen Metropolitan, France), Michael Oriakhi (Rivers Hoopers), Michael Gbinijie (Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA G League) and Ibe Agu (Customs, Abuja).

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Other players listed in the squad are Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings), Victor Koko (Rivers Hoopers), Christian Mekowolu (Casademont Zaragoza, Spain), T. K. Edogi (Kolin, Czech Republic) and Emmanuel Omogbo (H.Izrael, Israel).

The team’s head coach, Mike Brown, who was recently named coach of the Sacramento Kings, will be replaced by Major, according to the NBBF.

D’Tigers are in first place in Group A with five points after three games. On Friday, July 1, they will play Cape Verde, and on Saturday, they will play Mali.

On Sunday, July 3 at the BK Arena in Kigali, Nigeria will play Uganda in the final game of the window.

16 clubs will compete in this window for the second leg of matches that were previously decided between November 2021 and March 2022.

In the second round, each team will play six games, with the top three teams from each group moving on.

The best third-place team in each group, as well as the top two teams in each group, will advance to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

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The 12-man list for the male national basketball team that will play for Nigeria in the third window of the FIBA African World Cup qualifications was made public by the Nigeria Basketball Federation on Tuesday.

The NBBF also revealed that Alan Major, a former head coach of the Patriots BBC in Kigali, will oversee the team throughout the qualifying phase with assistance from Ogoh Odaudu.

The 12-man team is made up of local players from some of the greatest basketball teams in the nation, the NBA and NBA G-League, as well as from all around Europe.

Following the Federal Government’s lifting of the prohibition on international competitions, Nigeria, who presently sits atop the African rankings, will take part in the third window of qualifications slated to take place in Kigali, Rwanda from June 27 to July 5, 2022.

The team includes Ikenna Ndugba (Greensboro Swarm, NBA G League), Uchenna Iroegbu (Free agent), Michael Okiki (Gombe Bulls), Ben Emelogu (Rouen Metropolitan, France), Michael Oriakhi (Rivers Hoopers), Michael Gbinijie (Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA G League) and Ibe Agu (Customs, Abuja).

READ MORE: Wimbledon: Raducanu Book Second Round With Victory Over Van Uytvanck

Other players listed in the squad are Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings), Victor Koko (Rivers Hoopers), Christian Mekowolu (Casademont Zaragoza, Spain), T. K. Edogi (Kolin, Czech Republic) and Emmanuel Omogbo (H.Izrael, Israel).

The team’s head coach, Mike Brown, who was recently named coach of the Sacramento Kings, will be replaced by Major, according to the NBBF.

D’Tigers are in first place in Group A with five points after three games. On Friday, July 1, they will play Cape Verde, and on Saturday, they will play Mali.

On Sunday, July 3 at the BK Arena in Kigali, Nigeria will play Uganda in the final game of the window.

16 clubs will compete in this window for the second leg of matches that were previously decided between November 2021 and March 2022.

In the second round, each team will play six games, with the top three teams from each group moving on.

The best third-place team in each group, as well as the top two teams in each group, will advance to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

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