A 12-man roster for the male national basketball team who will represent Nigeria in the third window of the FIBA African World Cup qualifiers has been released by the Nigeria Basketball Federation on Tuesday.

According to the NBBF, the team will be coached by a former coach of Kigali-based Patriots BBC, Alan Major, assisted by Ogoh Odaudu for the duration of the qualifying round.

Amongst the selected twelve in the squad, squad are talented players who are a mixture of home-based players from some of the top basketball clubs in the country, the NBA and NBA G-League, and across Europe.

After a ban on international tournaments by the Federal Government was lifted, Nigeria who currently occupies the top position in the Africa rankings, will participate in the third window of the qualifiers scheduled to hold in Kigali, Rwanda from June 27 to July 5, 2022.

Some of the players that made the team are: Ikenna Ndugba (Greensboro Swarm, NBA G League), Uchenna Iroegbu (Free agent), Michael Okiki (Gombe Bulls), Ben Emelogu (Rouen Metropolitan, France), Michael Oriakhi (Rivers Hoopers), Michael Gbinijie (Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA G League) and Ibe Agu (Customs, Abuja).

Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings), Victor Koko (Rivers Hoopers), Christian Mekowolu (Casademont Zaragoza, Spain), T. K. Edogi (Kolin, Czech Republic) and Emmanuel Omogbo (H.Izrael, Israel) were also listed in the squad.

In Group A, D’Tigers who will hopefully start their campaign against Cape Verde on Friday, July 1 and take on Mali on Saturday, sit top with five points from three games.

Nigeria and Uganda will face each other in the last game of the window on Sunday, July 3 at the BK Arena in Kigali.

In this window, 16 teams will compete for the second leg of matches earlier decided in November 2021 and March 2022.

The top three teams from each group will advance to the second round where each team will play six games. The two top teams in each group, along with the best third-placed team, will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.