D’Tigers lose 61-59 to Kenya in AFROCAN classification game

D'Tigers lose 61-59 to Kenya in AFROCAN classification game

On Friday, July 14, 2023, the senior men’s national team of Nigeria, also known as the D’Tigers, lost to their Kenyan opponents with a score of 61-759.

The AfroCan, a men’s basketball continental competition in Africa open to all players who play for basketball clubs headquartered on the continent, served as a platform for emerging players to stand out in front of their contemporaries.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo defeated D’Tigers in a quarterfinal AFROCAN match.

The Nigerians were forced to compete in a five to eight classification game against their Kenyan opponents as a result.

Kenya won the opening period 20-13 at the Pavilhao Multiusos de Luanda to take a seven-point advantage.

D’Tigers made a comeback in the second quarter, winning 18-13 and cutting the score to two points at the half.

Kenya and D’Tigers were knotted going into the last minutes of the third quarter, which D’Tigers won 13-11.

Kenya was able to hold on and win by two points with a 17-15 score in the final frame.

For Head Coach Ogoh Odaudu, the AFROCAN is a significant step before the forthcoming FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament.

The Group Phase is set for Lagos, Nigeria, as the Nigerians are set to play in front of their home fans for the first time in a while.

The D’Tigers are in group A and will face Mali, Uganda, and Senegal and hope to qualify for the 2024 Olympics after missing out on a spot at the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

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