The Nigeria national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers have qualified
for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The team secured their automatic ticket to the Olympics after they
beat China 86-73 on Sunday afternoon at the ongoing FIBA World Cup.
China are the host of the FIBA World Cup and needed a victory to pick
the qualifying ticket for Asia.
However, it was D’Tigers that prevailed as they romped to a decisive
86-73 victory over their opponents.
It was not an easy one for the Nigerians as they battled against the
hosts and had to fight back after being 21-19 down in the first
They fought back to win the three other quarters 16-10, 25-20 and
26-22 to get an aggregate 86-73 win.
Going into Sunday’s games, Nigeria and Tunisia were the two teams left
in the race for the sole ticket for Africa with one match to go.
Enjoying a superior point difference, Nigeria has held on to the top
spot ahead of Tunisia while the 2017 Afrobasket winner, Tunisia, are
on the second spot with inferior points difference.
But the win against China ensured D’Tigers’ return to Asia in the
summer of 2020 for the Olympics while Tunisia who also narrowly edged
Iran on Sunday will have to go through to the qualifiers to secure a
possible berth in Tokyo next year.