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Afrobasket Qualifiers: Mike Brown releases 20 man provisional list



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D’Tigers new coach Mike Brown has released a 20 man provisional list for the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers slated for Kigali, Rwanda between 27th and 29th, November.

Brown who will officially start his voyage with Nigeria submitted a list featuring 7 players who featured at the 2019 FIBA World Cup where Nigeria qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo.

Captain, Ike Diogu will lead the legion which includes 29-year-old Stan Okoye (Gran Canaria), Ben Uzoh, Ike Iroegbu, Talib Zanna, Ekpe Udoh and Michael Eric.

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2015 NBA winner with Golden State Warriors, Festus Ezeli will be on the flight to Rwanda for a chance to represent Nigeria for the first time ever alongside a member of the 2015 Afrobasket winning team, Mike Gbinije.

After missing the final 12 man team to the world cup, France based Ike Nwamu will make another return to the team alongside Tonye Jekiri, Christopher Obekpa, Braxton Ogbueze, Mike Efevberha, Obinna Emegano who at some point featured during the team’s 2019 qualifiers series.

Chima Moneke who has averaged 12.3pts and 5.8rebs in 4 games for Orléan in the French league has also been called up for the first time alongside Zaid Christopher Hearst-Okpalannaka who plies his trade in the second tier of the French league.

Other new faces who will hope to earn their first cap include Real Betis power forward, Obi Enechionyia alongside Ogbunu John and Rasheed Sulaimon who play for Casademont Zaragoza


1. Stan Okoye Small Forward Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria (Spain)

2. Ikechukwu Nwamu Shooting Guard Cholet (France)

3. Ike Iroegbu Point Guard Capital City Go-Go (NBA G League, USA)

4. Talib Zanna Centre Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C (Israel)

5. Chima Moneke Power Forward Orléans Loiret Basket (France)

6. Obinna Enechionyia Power Forward Real Betis (Spain)

7. Micheal Gbinije Shooting Guard BC Nevėžis (Lithuania)

8. Obi Emegano. Shooting Guard Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)

9. Mike Efevberha Shooting Guard JA Vichy-Clermont Métropole (France)

10. Michael Eric Centre Turk Telekom Basketball (Turkey)

11. Tonye Jekiri Centre Club Deportivo Saski-Baskonia (Spain)

12. Rasheed Sulaimon Shooting Guard Casademont Zaragoza (Spain)

13. Zaid Hearst-Okpalannaka Shooting Guard Antibas (France)

14. Ekpe Udoh Centre

15. Ben Uzoh Point Guard

16. Christopher Obekpa Centre

17. Ike Diogu Centre

18. Braxton Ogbuezue Guard

19. Festus Ezeli Centre

20. John Ogbunu

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Nigerian Basketball: Alex Nwora Resigns as D’Tigers Coach



Nigerian Basketball: Alex Nwora Resigns as D'Tigers Coach

Associate Head Coach of Nigeria men basketball team D’Tigers, Alex Nwora has quit his role with the national team.
It was gathered that Nwora sent in his resignation on August 6, 2021 in a letter addressed to the President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, Ahmadu Musa Kida.

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Reasons for Nwora’s resignation coming after the Tokyo 2020 and about a week to the Afrobasket 2021 were not immediately stated.Nwora was engaged by the Nigeria Basketball Federation in 2017 and led the Nigerian national basketball team to the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament winning a silver medal.
He also led Nigeria to the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifier, making the nation the first to pick a spot in the finals in China with three matches outstanding.


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D’Tigress Lose Second Game Against France At Tokyo Games




Nigeria’s Women Basketball National team lost their second game of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics 87-62 to France on Friday morning.

D’Tigress who lost 81-72 to the United States Women National team in their first game could only draw 20-20 in the last quarter of their encounter with the French women.

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The Ottis Hughley-tutored side lost the first three quarters; 18-12, 26-15, 23-15.

Nigeria will face hosts, Japan in the last match of Group B on 2nd August.


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Hon. Olaniyi Daodu: Osun State Handball Will be Great



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By: Oluwabusayo Olowookere

Osun State Handball Association Chairman, Hon. Olaniyi Daodu has promised to take Osun State Handball to greater heights by investing heavily in the game.

Hon. Daodu made this known today when he paid courtesy visit to the Handball team training ground at Osogbo City Stadium.

Hon. Daodu who spoke about the undying passion he has for handball said he was an handball player in his secondary School days. He said he is ready to assist handball players to get to stardom.

” We want people to know that football is not the only money spinning sport that can be invested in. Handball, if properly handled and well funded is an alternative to football”

” I want to assure you, our Handball players that Osun Handball team will always be participating in all handball competitions organized in the country.”

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” All we just need from you players is to always be willing and ready to make the state proud by winning laurels for us because to whom much is given, much is expected. I will always make myself available every Saturday to see your trainings and provide you with your basic needs to enjoy the game.” Said Hon. Daodu.

Hon. Daodu also took time out to talk about the upcoming 5-aside handball competition coming up later this month in Osun State.

” We are hosting a 5-aside handball competition in the state later this month. It is going to be a very big event. I have given directive for the renovation and painting of the handball court to commence immediately.” Concluded Hon. Daodu.

Responding on behalf of all handball players, Seun Oyewale thanked Hon. Daodu for hitting the ground running immediately. He also promised him that the handball team will deliver and make the state proud.

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