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Afrobasket: FIBA Africa Zone-3 Congratulates Nigeria

Posted: Sep 8, 2015 at 12:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Stories by Chibuike Chukwu


The executive board of FIBA Africa Zone-3, at the weekend, sent a congratulatory message to the victorious D’Tigers of Nigeria following the team’s historic AfroBasket 2015 victory.

According to FIBA Africa Zone-3 President, retired Colonel Samuel Ahmedu, the victory of Nigeria is one worthy of celebrating given the fact that it is the country’s first ever in the annals of the championship.

‘Positively, on a personal note I Congratulate D’Tigers and Nigeria for becoming champion of the biennial Afrobasket.

‘It is hoped that we (Nigeria) can take advantage of this victory to build our basketball and not waste it’s goodwill like we did with our qualification for the 2012 Olympics.

If we cannot build the local league and give the so called home-based players a sense of belonging, then our victory will be a physic one. Again on behalf of the Executive Board of FIBA Africa Zone-3, I congratulate D’Tigers and Nigerians especially the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF for this feat.’

Ahmedu noted that the executive board of FIBA Africa Zone-3 is elated and proud of this Championship win. ‘This is because the last time a team from the Zone won the Championship for Men was in 1985, which was achieved by Cote d’Ivoire.’