President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated D’Tigers for a successful outing at FIBA World Cup 2019, where they defeated China to secure a ticket to the 2020 Olympics.
In a statement, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said Buhari joined Nigerians and basketball fans all over the world in celebrating the victory.
“The President said he congratulates the team for the energetic, resilient and skillful outing that saw them out-playing and out-pacing opponents during the tournament, assuring the team that the nation remains proud of them.
The president commended officials and technical hands for the commitment and investments in ensuring that the D’Tigers emerged victorious with all the odds of playing against China before home fans in Guangzhou.
“As the team prepares for the Tokyo Olympics, president Buhari noted that with more dedication, training and focus, D’Tigers would surprise the world,” Adesina said.
Nigeria’s D’tigers have secured automatic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by beating china today in their final classification game of the FIBA basketball world cup.
Nigeria failed to progress from their group finishing with 2 losses and a win but have secured their place at next year’s summer games by finishing as the highest-ranked African country at the 32-team tournament.
The team beat their Chinese counterpart 86 to 73.
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