The Nigerian lads lost by 18-16, 9-13, 23-16 and 20-22 to the Angolans on Sunday in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
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The coach spoke of the deficiency of the team after the FIBA World Cup qualifying match against Cape Verde.
The game which lived up to its expectation saw the team hold out against a desperate Mali to seal a 73-69 points win.
The French had upset the US men when they last met in the 2019 FIBA World Cup quarter-finals and they had their number again on Sunday in the first day of group play at the Saitama Super Arena near Japan’s capital Tokyo.
Having started on an impressive note with three straight victories in Group D over South Sudan, Rwanda and Mali, the team will hope to continue its unbeaten run when they file out in Monastir, Tunisia.
Six of them were selected in the first round, while the other two got in in the second round.
Spain beat Argentina 95-75 to win the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time since 2006 on Sunday.
Nigeria’s D’Tigers will on Thursday return home after qualifying the country for Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the just ended FIBA World Cup in China.
All four sides had booked their quarter-final spots with a match to spare and the results mean that Spain will face Poland and Serbia lock horns with Argentina for places in the semi-finals.
Nigeria’s D’Tigers have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics courtesy their hard-earned victory over hosts China in the final classification game on Sunday at the ongoing FIBA World Cup in Guangzhou, China.
The Alex Nwora-led team will face host China on Sunday at 5pm in their second classification game at the championship
D’Tigers have arrived in Guangzhou in time for their classification game against Cote d’Ivoire on Friday.
The Eagle Online recalls the Nigerian side were crushed by Russia and Argentina in their first two games of the championship
The hard fighting Alex Nwora lads suffered a 94-81 points loss to the group favourites and South American giants at the City Arena, Wuhan Sports Centre on Monday.
The Alex Nwora lads would aim to redeem their image against Argentina on Monday at 1:30pm Nigeria time
Speaking to journalists in Abuja after the presentation of the 2019 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket trophy to the newly appointed Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, the NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, said the boys are focused on the task ahead.
Nigeria’s Men senior national basketball team, D’Tigers, will on Wednesday night leave for China for the final phase of their 2019 FIBA World Cup preparation.
The team’s General Manager, Musa Adamu, revealed that the team had to wait for the NBBF President, Musa Kida to return from Senegal where he went to cheer the D’Tigress to their fourth African title.
D’Tigers’ earlier scheduled trip to China in continuation of their preparation for the FIBA World Cup may have suffered a setback over paucity of funds as the Nigeria Basketball Federation continues struggling to make funds available.
Nigeria’s national men’s basketball team, the D’Tigers, has been placed in Pot 7 by the Federation of International Basketball ahead of the FIBA World Cup draw on March 16.