Bruisers, Ice Cold Win Abuja 3×3 International Basketball Challenge

Bruisers, Ice Cold Win Abuja 3×3 International Basketball Challenge

        Bruisers Basketball club and Ice Cold women basketball club have emerged champions at the 2019 Abuja 3×3 International Basketball Challenge. The four-day tournament which took place at the Indoor Sports Hall of Moshood Abiola National Stadium saw Bruisers humiliated Ball Magician 22-4 in the male final on Sunday 13th October, 2019. In the female final on the same day, Ice Cold showed their superiority after winning Girls on Fire 21-11 to pick the gold medal. The event which started on Thursday with 12 male teams and…

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Kida, Ahmedu appointed into FIBA Commissions

Kida, Ahmedu appointed into FIBA Commissions

PHOTO: Nigeria Basketball Federation President, Engr Musa Kida, Babs Ogunade (Vice President) and Col Sam Ahmedu (rtd) (International Representative) at the FIBA Awards in Beijing, China recently.     The duo of Engr Musa Kida and Col Sam Ahmedu have bagged FIBA appointments after being appointed into the Finance and Legal Commission respectively. The NBBF President and Ahmedu (NBBF board member) who have continued to steer the affairs of basketball in Nigeria since 2017 will serve on the commission for a period of four years. While breaking the news to…

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Minister Meets Basket ball Federation …..tells board to start Olympics preparations now

Minister Meets Basket ball Federation …..tells board to start Olympics preparations now

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare on Monday met the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, as part of ongoing engagement with sports Federations to kick off preparations for Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Minister commended the board of NBBF for Nigeria’s recent successes at continental and international tournaments noting that Nigerians expect more successes. He however cautioned that these victories should not lull them into unpreparedness. He said “I have seen two years of incredible growth and performance in Nigerian basketball. You are expected to sustain…

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D’Tigers pick Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket ……..Beat China 86-73 points in the last classification game

D’Tigers pick Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket  ……..Beat China 86-73 points in the last classification game

    The men’s basketball team became the first team sport to secure a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after defeating China 86-73 points in the last classification game of the 2019 FIBA Men World Cup. The resilient team took the initiative in the second quarter from China who won the first quarter, 21-19 points as they asserted their authority to end the first half, 35-31 points. Playing against China who were also desperate for an automatic ticket from Asia, the players came to the party to clinch…

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Diogu, Aminu, Okogie, Jordan headline D’Tigers’ World Cup list

Diogu, Aminu, Okogie, Jordan headline D’Tigers’ World Cup list

      12 players who will represent Nigeria at the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup have been released. The D’Tigers head coach, Alex Nwora made the final list known after their Peak Invitational Tournament victory against Poland and Montenegro. Nwora listed Ike Diogu, a regular throughout the qualifying series alongside Ike Iroegbu, Benjamin Uzoh, Al Farouk Aminu, Zanna Talib and Stanley Okoye. After series of impressive performances in the friendlies, Stockton Kings, Vincent Nnamdi booked a spot in the team alongside new kids on the block, Chimezie Metu, Jordan…

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Ojeaburu’s World Cup nominations excites NBB

Ojeaburu’s World Cup nominations excites NBB

The Nigeria Basketball Federation has congratulated Kingsley Ojeaburu over his recent nomination by the Federation of International Basketball Federation ahead of the 2019 Men’s World Cup in China and the U-19 WC in Greece. The federation through its President, Engineer Musa Kida said the recent recognition to officiate on the biggest global basketball stage bears witness to the growing stature of the game in Nigeria. “It’s going to be an exciting World Cup affair with Nigeria technically presenting 2 teams. Apart from the D’Tigers competing at the world stage for…

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2019 FIBA World Cup preparation: D’Tigers to play Canada, Dominican Republic friendlies.

2019 FIBA World Cup preparation: D’Tigers to play Canada, Dominican Republic friendlies.

      In its quest to adequately prepare the D’Tigers for the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup, the Nigeria Basketball Federation has lined up multiple grade A friendlies against Dominican Republic and Canada ahead of the World Cup. D’Tigers two legged encounter against Dominican Republic will take place in Santo Domingo between July 19th and 25th before playing Canada in Quebec and Ontario between August 5th and 11th 2019. According to arrangements put in place for the team, D’Tigers will open camp in the United States of America before…

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FIBA World Cup: D’Tigers to face Argentina, Russia, Korea

FIBA World Cup: D’Tigers to face Argentina, Russia, Korea

            D’Tigers have been drawn alongside Argentina, Russia and Korea in Group B of the 2019 FIBA World Cup for men in China between the August 31 -September 15, 2019. Nigeria currently 33rd on the FIBA ranking will once again be facing familiar foes and world number 6, Argentina for the third time since their last 2 previous meetings at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It will be the first ever meeting against world number 10, Russia who are making a return…

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D’Tigers’ Coach denies Cameroon’s match fixing allegation

D’Tigers’ Coach denies Cameroon’s match fixing allegation

Head Coach of Nigeria Senior Men’s Basketball team, Alex Nwora has come down hard on the Cameroon Basketball Federation (FECABASKET) for their match fixing allegation against the D’Tigers. According to information, FECABASKET and Cameroonians allegedly blamed D’Tigers for wilfully losing to Côte d’Ivoire to aide their qualification for the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup. He said such careless statement borne out of frustration capable of bringing the sport into disrepute should not be taken lightly by the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA). Nwora blasted Cameroon saying they embarked on a self-destruct mission during…

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2019 FIBA World Cup: D’Tigers berth in China as Africa’s best

2019 FIBA World Cup: D’Tigers berth in China as Africa’s best

D’Tigers have qualified as the number one team in Group F and also Africa despite their last game’s defeat to Senegal by 63 to 84 points. Nigeria’s point guard, Ikenna Iroegbu scored 23 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds to finish the qualification series on a high while Captain, Ike Diogu had 10 points, 6 dribbles and 7 rebounds on the night. Despite the superior statistics against the Senegalese, (11-7 steals, 20-16 assists and more 21.4 points from turnovers as against 12.5 points made by their opponents), Nigeria lost the…

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