D’Tigers have moved up 10 places to the 23rd in the World in the latest FIBA ranking released after the 2019 FIBA men’s World Cup in China.
The senior men’s team who became the first country in the world to qualify for the World Cup won 3 games and lost 2 during the competition to finish 17th out of the 32 participating team.
The Alex Nwora tutored side who have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still ranked number 1 in Africa ahead of Angola, Tunisia, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire who are ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
USA still hold on to the number 1 spot while current World Champion, Spain are ranked 2nd ahead of Australia who climbed 8 places to 3rd spot.
While reacting after the ranking was published, Nigeria Basketball Federation President, Engr Musa Kida said the latest feat was the right reward for hard work put in place by the federation and the team during the qualifiers and World Cup preparation which culminated in a good outing in China.
Meanwhile, the Federal government, through the ministry of sports has reiterated its commitments to support the D’ Tigers and D’ Tigress, in their quest to do the nation proud in subsequent international competitions.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare made it known during a visit to Dodan Basketball Academy in Ilupeju, Lagos yesterday, while commending the achievement of the D’ Tigers in their latest ranking and for picking the Tokyo 2020 Olympic ticket.
Similarly, the minister recalled the stellar performances and skillful display of our Amazon female basketball team, D’ Tigress, who with the resilient spirit and character of Tiger on the basketball court, became African Champions at the last Afrobasket Championship in Senegal, Dakar to win their fourth continental title.
Dare was received at the Academy by the proprietor and Vice president of Nigeria Basketball Federation, Mr Babs Ogunade.