Mike Brown, the head coach of the D’Tigers, has asked 15 players to come to camp before the fourth window of FIBA World Cup qualifiers on August 26–28. Josh Okogie of the Phoenix Suns, Miye Oni, who last played for the Utah Jazz, and Ike Nwamu, who last played for BC Samara of Russia. All came back to the team after the excitement of the 2020 Olympics.
Chimezie Metu of the Sacramento Kings was on the team during Rwanda’s last round of qualifiers. She was invited, along with Uchenna Iroegbu, Michael Okiki (Gombe Bulls), Michael Oguine (Saint Chamond, France), and Ben Emelogu (Rouen Métropole Basket), and Keith Omoerah, who plays for Jamtland in Sweden.
Ibeabuchi Agu of the Nigerian Customs group will play with his countrymen Michael Gbinije (Oklahoma City Blue, NBA G League). Also, Amanze Egezeke (Kataja, Finland), John Mathias Iduh (Kano Pillars), Christian Mekowulu (Casademont Zaragoza, Spain), and Abdul-Malik Abu (S.Oliver Wuerzburg, Germany).
The team’s 1st match will be against the host country, Cote d’Ivoire, on Friday, June 26. The next day, they will play against Guinea. On Sunday, August 28, the team will go up against Angola.
With two wins in four games, the team is currently in fourth place in Group E. Also, expects to get off to a fast start in its quest to qualify for a second straight OKBet Basketball World Cup. From 25 August to September 10, 2023, the World Cup will take place in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
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Group E also has Cape Verde and Uganda, but Nigeria won’t play any games against them because they already played in Group A.
The teams’ scores from the first round will carry over to the second round. Therefore, on July 3, the D’Tigers finished their campaign with a 91-72 win over Uganda in Kigali.
Team Nigeria came in second place, one point behind Cape Verde. They had two wins and two losses in their four games.
In Group C, Cote d’Ivoire won all six first-round games to get 12 points. Angola won four of their six games to gain 10 points, and Guinea only won one of their six games.
South Sudan, Tunisia, Cameroon, Egypt, Congo DR, and Senegal are all in Group F.