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  As preparations for the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers gears up, coach of the Nigerian national basketball team, Mike Brown, has released a list of 20 players that will defend the colours of Nigeria in the tournament slated to hold in Kigali, Rwanda, from November 27-29, 2020.
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Brown who is still new in the African basketball terrain and is set for his new adventure with Nigeria, submitted a list which includes 7 players who featured at the 2019 FIBA World Cup that saw Nigeria qualify for next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. D’Tigers captain, Ike Diogu, leads the pack which comprise of Stan Okoye, 29, (Gran Canaria), Micheal Eric, Ike Iroegbu, Ben Uzoh, Ekpe Udoh, and Talib Zanna. The list also includes 2015 NBA champion with Golden State Warriors, Festus Ezeli, in what would be his first outing with D’Tigers. 2015 Afrobasket champion, Mike Gbinije, also made the cut. Despite missing out of the final 12-man squad for last year’s FIBA World Cup, Ike Nwamu, has been recalled to the squad alongside stars like Christopher Obekpa, Mike Efevberha, Tonye Jekiri, Braxton Ogbueze, and Obinna Emegano who was part of the team roster for the 2019 qualifiers.
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With an average of 12.3pts and 5.8rebs in four games for French league side, Orléan, Chima Moneke, has been given a chance to earn his first debut with the African basketball powerhouse alongside Zaid Christopher, who features in the second tier of the French basketball league. Real Betis of Spain power forward, Obi Enechionya, and the likes of Ogbunu John and Rasheed Sulaimon, who both ply their trade in Spain with Casademont Zaragoza, complete the new faces in the national team fold.


  1. Stan Okoye
  2. Ikechukwu Nwamu
  3. Ike Iroegbu
  4. Talib Zanna
  5. Chima Moneke
  6. Obinna Enechionyia
  7. Micheal Gbinije
  8. Obi Emegano.
  9. Mike Efevberha
  10. Michael Eric
  11. Tonye Jekiri
  12. Rasheed Sulaimon
  13. Zaid Hearst-Okpalannaka
  14. Ekpe Udoh
  15. Ben Uzoh
  16. Christopher Obekpa
  17. Ike Diogu
  18. Braxton Ogbuezue
  19. Festus Ezeli
  20. John Ogbunu
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This article was first published on 10th November 2020


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