Nigeria’s male basketball team, D’Tigers, are set to out-dunk Burkina Faso team today in a rescheduled AfroBasket/All Africa Games Qualifier in Ouagadougou.
The qualifier was earlier billed to hold last Saturday in the country’s capital but was moved to today by the hosts, for logistics reasons.
Nigeria‘s 18-man squad arrived the West African country on Friday for the first leg tie against the Burkinabe in the Group E double qualifiers.
Nigeria’s hope of qualifying for her 17th outing at Africa biggest basketball showpiece rests on coaches Sani Ahmed and Ayinla Johnson and twelve players which includes Olumide Oyedeji (centre); Ejike Ugboaja (forward); Stanley Gumut (forward); Abubakar Usman (guard); Matthew Onmonya (forward) and Ibrahim Yusuf (guard/forward).
Other players in the squad are Adeolu Olaiya Ojo (guard); Abdulwahab Yakubu (guard); Abdulwahab Yahaya (forward); Azuoma Dike (guard); Dele Ademola (forward) and Abayomi Oyeniyi (forward). The delegation also has Muktar Khaleh, Patrick Okeke (Secretary General, NBBF); Patrick Omorodion (media); Dr. Ohida Suleiman (team doctor) and Dayo Ogunkunle (physio).
The head coach Ahmed is optimistic that the team will not disappoint Nigerians as the players set their minds on picking the sole slot in the group