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FIBA U16: D’Tigers Junior picks quarterfinal ticket

Nigeria’s Junior basketball team also known as D’Tigers Junior has qualified for the quarterfinals of the ongoing FIBA U16 competition in Cape Verde.

The Nigeria Junior side on Wednesday defeated their Algerian counterparts 75-64 in their third group match.

The team finished second behind Egypt in group A after recording 2 victory in 3 matches.

The team consists of players from the Nestle Milo secondary school competition with Reuben Chinyelu being the star player of the team.

The FIBA U16 African Championship is a youth team’s tournament of the International Basketball Federation’s African Region.

The inaugural edition of this 12-team championship took place from September 18-26, 2009 in Maputo, Mozambique.

To date, Egypt has won the most titles, triumphing 3 times in 5 editions. Angola and Mali follow with 1 title each.

The tournament is run every two years and brings together the best African young players.

This year, the competition will take place from July 5-14, in Praia, Cape Verde and will serve as a qualifier for the FIBA U17 World Championship 2020.

The winner and the runners-up will punch their tickets for next year’s World Cup.

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