NBBF names 12-man D’Tigers squad for FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers
The Basketball Federation of Nigeria on Tuesday released a 12-man roster for the men’s national basketball team that will represent Nigeria in the third window of the FIBA Africa World Cup Qualifiers.
The NBBF also announced that the team will be coached by a former Kigali-based BBC Patriots coach, Alan Major, who will be in charge of the team for the duration of the qualifying round, assisted by Ogoh Odaudu.
The 12-man squad features a mix of local players from some of the top basketball clubs in the country, the NBA and NBA G-League, and across Europe.
Nigeria, who currently sit at the top of the African rankings, will participate in the third window of the qualifiers to be held in Kigali, Rwanda from June 27 to July 5, 2022, after the ban on international tournaments by the federal government. survey.
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).
Other players featured in the squad are Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings), Victor Koko (Rivers Hoopers), Christian Mekowolu (Casademont Zaragoza, Spain), TK Edogi (Kolin, Czech Republic) and Emmanuel Omogbo (H.Izrael, Israel) .
According to the NBBF, Major will replace team head coach Mike Brown, who was recently named coach of the Sacramento Kings.
D’Tigers lead Group A with five points from three games and will start their campaign against Cape Verde on Friday July 1 and face Mali on Saturday.
Nigeria will face Uganda in the last game of the window on Sunday July 3 at BK Arena in Kigali.
In this window, 16 teams will face off for the second leg of matches decided earlier in November 2021 and March 2022.
The top three teams from each group will advance to the second round where each team will play six matches. The top two teams from each group, along with the best third-placed team, will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.