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D'Tigers beat Angola, win 2015 Afrobasket Championship
Nigeria basketball team, D'Tigers won its first continental title at the 2015 African Basketball Championship which held in Tunisia yesterday August 30th. The basketball team beat defending champions Angola by 74 points to 65.
Their victory at yesterday's match gave them automatic qualification to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
Also D'Tigers' shooting guard, Chamberlain Oguchi emerged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2015 Afrobasket championship.
Before the Sunday game Angola had beaten Nigeria in all nine times that they had met since 1987. In those meets, Angola beat the Tigers in the final matches of 1999 in Luanda and 2003 in Alexandria, Egypt, being the last they battled like this.
Oguchi who rained three pointers throughout the competition in Tunisia was voted the Most Valuable Player.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday congratulated the national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, on their victory over Angola in Sunday’s final of the FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Tunisia.
Buhari’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
The President joined other sports-loving Nigerians in applauding what he described as D’Tigers’ exhilarating 74-65 victory over their Angolan opponents which also secured Nigeria’s qualification for the men’s basketball event at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
Buhari lauded the players for displaying exemplary strength, courage, determination and patriotism as well as great skills and creativity to dethrone Angola, the perennial African basketball champions.
The statement added: “President Buhari urges members of the team and their handlers to work very hard to surpass their extraordinary heroics in Tunisia before a global audience at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro and bring even greater glory to Nigeria.
“The President assures the team, its managers and the Nigerian Basketball Federation that his administration will give them and Nigeria’s other representatives at the next Olympic Games, the fullest possible support to ensure that they are well prepared to excel against the champions of other countries and regions in Rio De Janeiro.”
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