Nigeria yesterday continued their impressive build up to the FIBA World Cup scheduled for China next week when D’Tigers beat Montenegro in the Peak Invitational tournament.
Nigeria took the lead and held on to it for the better part of the game as the D’Tigers, ranked 33 in the world, defeated Montenegro, 89-86 points.
Jordan Nwora led the team scorers’ chart with 19 points while Ike Iroegbu weighed in with 18 points.
Captain Ike Diogu contributed 13 points, while the duo of Ekpe Udoh and Al-Farouq Aminu contributed 11 points and 10 points respectively.
During the pre-World Cup preparation, Nigeria (ranked 33) have beaten – Dominican Republic (twice) ranked 18 and Canada (No. 23).
Speaking after yesterday’s game, Coach Alex Nwora said ending their preparation for the Mundial with the victory was very important for the team’s confidence.
The experienced coach who will be making his World Cup debut alongside all the players left in camp believed that the team has continued to improve, which may have caught the attention of their group B opponents.
While the squad is working hard for success at the World Cup, things are not right financially with the teams and the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) are at its wits end looking for solution to a problem caused by lack of government support to the country’s ambition in China.
It is less than six days to the World Cup and the NBBF hopes the elusive government support will come in time for the D’Tigers.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja after the presentation of the 2019 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket trophy to the new Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, the NBBF President, Musa Kida said the boys were focused on the task ahead.