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AfroBasket 2021: A Consolation Prize for D'Tigers after poor Olympics outing

Africa's biggest basketball tournament, AfroBasket is around the corner. This is another tournament at which many countries in the black continent will prove again their worth after the last edition of the event in 2017 in Tunisia.

 But there are some basketball heavyweights that we may be looking forward to watching, or else the tournament might just take new strides.

D'Tigers

However, the Nigerian basketball team, D'Tigers are not left out of the tournament. Though they have the Olympics worst outing in Japan against the top teams in the world(Australia, Germany and Italy). But the Mike Brown led side can use this tournament as consolation to indemnify the huge Olympics loss. This is dependent on the calibre of players he's going to parade in the team long awaiting roster.

Moreover, there are lessons learnt from the outing by the D'Tigers at the Tokyo 2020 despite playing a great warm-up exhibition game against both Australia and U.S.A. Still all, it is time to get past the traumatic and dramatic Olympics journey and come back to the drawing board to prepare for the continental event.

In addition, Nigeria's basketball league is inactive at the moment due to administrative and judicial tussle that occurred between the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) and some quarters, which eventually led us to parade foreign players of Nigerian descent at the Summer Olympics.


This, by all means, is not good for the country as basketball players at the grassroots are not even recognised. The decadence is a slap on the country's image, even at the level of the Basketball Africa's League (BAL)

D'Tigers at the 2015 AfroBasket in Tunisia  

D'Tigers, who are 2015 Afrobasket champions in Tunisia could not replicate that feat in the 2017 edition of the tournament in both Tunisia and Senegal. The Nigerian basketball team are being drawn by their West African neighbours, Mali and Ivory Coast with Kenya.


As the 30th edition of the tournament begins in less than two weeks ( 24th, August to September 5th, 2021) in Rwanda, D'Tigers and the NBBF should set their house to ensure that the tournament will not be another disaster for the team in the end.


As one of the best basketball teams in Africa can D'Tigers be consoled with the AfroBasket gift?


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