NBA Stars Headline D’Tigers Roster For FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

File photo of D’Tigers Roster at the 3rd qualification window for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Kigali.

 

D’Tigers coach Mike Brown has invited 15 players for the fourth qualification window of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The roster is headlined by NBA stars, Chimezie Metu of the Sacramento Kings and Josh Okogie of the Phoenix Suns.

Others are Michael Gbinijie, Michael Oguine, Michael Okiki, Keith Omoerah, Christian Mekowulu, Ben Emelogu, Amanze, Egekeze, Miye Oni, Ike Nwamu, Ibe Aguchi, Uchenna Iroegbu, John Mathias Iduh and Abdul-Malik Abu.

Nigeria will face Cote d’Ivoire on August the 26th before facing Guinea on August the 27th and then Angola a day later to wrap up the fourth window of qualifiers.

The fifth and final window of qualifiers will see Nigeria face Cote d’Ivoire for a second time on February 24, Guinea on February 25, and Angola on February 26.

File photo: Chimezie Metu scored 25 points including this dunk against Uganda in 2023 FIBA African World Cup qualifiers in Kigali on July 3, 2022.

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A file photo of D’Tigers head coach Mike Brown.

 

At the end of these additional six games per team, the two top in each group, along with the best third-placed side will qualify for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia from August 25 to September 10.

Cape Verde and Uganda are also in Group E, but Nigeria won’t play any games against them, having already faced off in Group A of the first round of qualifiers.

All teams will carry over their results from the first round with D’Tigers wrapping up their campaign with a 91-72 thrashing of Uganda in Kigali on July 3rd.

Team Nigeria finished second behind Cape Verde on six points, one behind the islanders, with two wins and two defeats from four games.

Meanwhile, Cote d’Ivoire won all six of their first-round games in Group C for 12 points, Angola won four out of six for 10 points, while guinea won just one game from six.

Group F is made up of south Sudan, Tunisia, Cameroon, Egypt, Congo DR, and Senegal.

FIBA World Cup: D’Tigers To Battle Multiple Afrobasket Champions In Final Qualifiers

Chimezie Metu scored 25 points including this dunk against Uganda in 2023 FIBA African World Cup qualifiers in Kigali on July 3, 2022.

 

Nigeria’s senior men’s national basketball team, D’Tigers will face 11-time AfroBasket Champions, Angola in Group E of the final qualifiers for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The Nigerian side will also battle two-time AfroBasket champions, Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea in the group.

Cape Verde and Uganda are also in Group E, but Nigeria won’t play any games against them, having already faced off in Group A of the first round of qualifiers.

All teams will carry over their results from the first round with D’Tigers wrapping up their campaign with a 91-72 thrashing of Uganda on Sunday in Kigali.

Team Nigeria finished second behind Cape Verde on six points, one behind the Islanders, with two wins and two defeats from four games.

Meanwhile, Cote d’Ivoire won all six of their first round games in Group C for 12 points, Angola won four out of six for 10 points, while Guinea won just one game from six.

Group F is made up of South Sudan, Tunisia, Cameroon, Egypt, Congo DR, and Senegal.

D’Tigers will restart their qualification campaign against Cote d’Ivoire on August 26 before facing Guinea on August 27 and then Angola a day later to wrap up the fourth window of qualifiers.

The fifth and final window of qualifiers will see Nigeria face Cote d’Ivoire for a second time on February 24, Guinea on February 25, and Angola on February 26.

At the end of these additional six games per team, the two top in each group, along with the best third-placed side will qualify for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia from August 25 to September 10.

FIBA World Cup Qualifiers: D’Tigers Lose To Cape Verde In Kigali

Nigeria's D'Tigers

 

Nigeria’s D’Tigers have begun the third window of the FIBA African World Cup Qualifiers with a 79-70 loss against Cape Verde at the BK arena in Kigali.

Nigeria won the first quarter 15-14 on a Chimezie Metu lay-up as time expired, but lost the second 25-11 before bouncing back to win the third quarter 21-17. The fourth quarter ended 23 points apiece.

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Christian Mekowulu led the D’Tigers with 13 points and 13 rebounds, Ikenna Ndugba also scored 13 points, with Uche Iroegbu scoring 12 and Metu adding 10.

Ivan Almeida led Cape Verde with 14 points and 13 rebounds as they out-rebounded Nigeria 53-40.

D’Tigers will face Mali in their second Group A game on Saturday with their last game against Uganda on Sunday.

NBBF Releases 12-Man Roster Ahead Of FIBA African World Cup Qualifiers

NBBF 12-man Roster

 

The Nigeria Basketball Federation on Tuesday released a 12-man roster for the window of the FIBA African World Cup qualifiers in Kigali.

This follows a decision by the FG earlier in the week to rescind its decision to suspend Nigeria’s basketball teams from all international competitions.

D’Tigers teams will be led by Alan Major who deputises for the team’s Head Coach, Mike Brown that just got named Coach of the Sacramento Kings. and  Ogoh Odaudu will assist him.

The team is made up of Ikenna Ndugba (Greensboro Swarm, NBA G League), Uchenna Iroegbu, Michael Okiki (Gombe Bulls), Ben Emelogu (Rouen Metropolitan, France), Michael Oriakhi (Rivers Hoopers), Michael Gbinijie (Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA G League) and Ibe Agu (Customs, Abuja)

Other players on the list are Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings), Victor Koko (Rivers Hoopers), Christian Mekowolu (Casademont Zaragoza, Spain), and TK Edogi (Kolin, Czech Republic) and Emmanuel Omogbo (H.Izrael, Israel).

Currently ranked first in Africa, Nigeria will open its campaign against Cape Verde on Friday, 1 July before taking on Mali on Saturday. The last game will be against Uganda on Sunday, 3 July at the BK arena in the capital city of Kigali.

The top three teams from each group will advance to the second round where each team will play six games. The two top teams in each group, along with the best third-placed team, will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

 

Unpaid Bonuses: D’Tigers, D’Tigress Money Ready To Be Disbursed – FG

 

The Federal Government says unpaid bonuses and allowances owed the D’Tigers and D’Tigress are ready.

On Wednesday, D’Tigress players had taken to social media to lament over their unpaid bonuses, accusing the Federal Government of not rewarding them for winning the 2021 Women’s AfroBasket Champions in Cameroon.

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The AfroBasket trophy. Source: Facebook/NBBF.

 

But in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar, the monies donated to both the senior female national team and their male counterpart are domiciled with the country’s apex.

“The $230,000 donated to the basketball teams by the banks under the Adopt-a-Team programme of the ministry is intact in the Nigeria Basketball Federation’s (NBBF) official domiciliary account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),” Ismaila added in the statement issued on Wednesday.

“That only the 12 female team members of D’Tigress have supplied their foreign account numbers. The Ministry waited for the account numbers of the Male Team to be supplied so that the processing of payments can be one-off as requested by the CBN.”

File photo:  Nigeria’s top performer shoots a three-pointer in the final group B match against Italy at the 2020 Olympics. Photo: @NigeriaBasket

 

According to him, the ministry had also asked the CBN to start processing the payment to both teams, explaining that the D’Tigers will be paid as soon as their account details are supplied.

“Ministry wishes to state further that all outstanding -Olympics and Paralympics Games allowances and bonuses are being processed and only slowed down by funds availability,” the ministry’s permanent secretary further explained.

It added that the Ministry of Finance has been informed about the “outstanding allowances and payments due to the NBBF and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and efforts are being made to secure the release”.

Tokyo Olympic Games: Sports Minister Showers Encomiums On D’Tigers

A file photo of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare.

 

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has expressed his thanks and appreciation to the players and technical crew of Nigeria’s national men’s basketball team after the team’s campaign at the Olympic Games came to an end on Saturday.

“My thanks and appreciations go to the players and coaching staff of the D’Tigers,” said the Minister. “They represented Nigeria impressively and we thank them for their resilience, efforts, and their patriotic commitment.”

D’Tigers lost 80-71 to Italy to crash out of the men’s basketball event of the Tokyo Olympics but their performances before and during the Olympics give room for many to be optimistic about the future of the team led by United States-born coach Mike Brown.

D’Tigers comprised entirely of players making their debut at the Olympics, while some were participating in an international championship for the first time.

“They came and gave a good account of themselves to the world that Nigeria will compete amongst the best basketball nations,” continued the Minister. “And to Mike Brown and the coaching staff, thank you for building this team and your faith in the team.”

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He added: “You have performed tremendously well and Nigerians thank you sincerely.”

In a similar vein, Musa Kidda, the caretaker president of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, has expressed his gratitude to the men’s national basketball team for representing Nigeria “very well” at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

D’Tigers, on Saturday, lost 80-71 to Italy to crash out of the men’s basketball event of the Tokyo Olympics.

They had lost earlier in the tournament to Australia and Germany, but the performance in general from D’Tigers, a team comprised entirely of players making their debut at the Olympics, gives cause to hope of greater things to come from the African champions.

“D’Tigers, it’s been such a long journey in such a short time,” began a message from the NBBF boss Kidda. “You have all done very well as athletes, coaches, and technical staff within the context of challenges we had to overcome.

“As President of NBBF, I would like to personally say thanks to all of you for representing your country Nigeria very well and assure you that Nigeria is proud of your efforts and staying power as a group.”

He added: “We need to stay together and continue building on what we have done here as African representatives. We shall definitely do better as we are stronger. Stay safe and strong guys.”

NBBF Boss Thankful To D’Tigers For Representing Nigeria “Very Well”

 

Musa Kidda, the caretaker president of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, has expressed his gratitude to the men’s national basketball team for representing Nigeria “very well” at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

D’Tigers, on Saturday, lost 80-71 to Italy to crash out of the men’s basketball event of the Tokyo Olympics.

They had lost earlier in the tournament to Australia and Germany, but the performance in general from D’Tigers, a team comprised entirely of players making their debut at the Olympics, gives cause to hope of greater things to come from the African champions.

“D’Tigers, it’s been such a long journey in such a short time,” began a message from the NBBF boss Kidda. “You have all done very well as athletes, coaches, and technical staff within the context of challenges we had to overcome.

“As President of NBBF, I would like to personally say thanks to all of you for representing your country Nigeria very well and assure you that Nigeria is proud of your efforts and staying power as a group.”

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He added: “We need to stay together and continue building on what we have done here as African representatives. We shall definitely do better as we are stronger. Stay safe and strong guys.”

In a similar vein, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has expressed his thanks and appreciation to the players and technical crew of Nigeria’s national men’s basketball team after the team’s campaign at the Olympic Games came to an end on Saturday.

“My thanks and appreciations go to the players and coaching staff of the D’Tigers,” said the Minister. “They represented Nigeria impressively and we thank them for their resilience, efforts, and their patriotic commitment.”

D’Tigers lost 80-71 to Italy to crash out of the men’s basketball event of the Tokyo Olympics but their performances before and during the Olympics give room for many to be optimistic about the future of the team led by United States-born coach Mike Brown.

D’Tigers comprised entirely of players making their debut at the Olympics, while some were participating in an international championship for the first time.

“They came and gave a good account of themselves to the world that Nigeria will compete amongst the best basketball nations,” continued the Minister. “And to Mike Brown and the coaching staff, thank you for building this team and your faith in the team.”

He added: “You have performed tremendously well and Nigerians thank you sincerely.”

D’Tigers Suffer Another Disappointing Defeat At Tokyo Olympics

Nigeria’s top performer shoots a three-pointer in the final group B match against Italy. Photo: @NigeriaBasket

 

D’Tigers power forward, Chimezie Metu, scored an impressive 22 points but his effort was not good enough to stop Nigeria from recording another defeat in the men’s basketball event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Nigeria lost 71-80 to Italy in the final group B match at the Saitama Super Arena.

The result means Italy will be back to the Olympic quarter-finals, making it the fifth consecutive Olympics appearance for the Italians in the last 8.

Italy started the game well, winning the first quarter 29-17 points. Coach Mike Brown re-strategised and made a rejuvenated return to winning the second and third quarters.

After the third quarter, Nigeria had a 63-56 lead before everything went wrong for the D’Tigers in the fourth quarter.

 

Nigeria’s Jahlil Okafor goes to the basket past Italy’s Amedeo Tessitori (C) in the men’s preliminary round group B basketball match between Italy and Nigeria during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP)
Nigeria’s Ike Nwamu dribbles the ball past Italy’s Alessandro Pajola (R) in the men’s preliminary round group B basketball match between Italy and Nigeria during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP)

 

For almost seven minutes, the Nigerian side failed to score and left open spaces for the Italians and failed to convert the little chances they struggled to create.

On the other hand, Nicolo Melli scored 15 points, Nico Mannion had 14, Achille Polonara added 13, while Simone Fontecchio scored 12 for Italy.

Italy’s Danilo Gallinari shields Nigeria’s Jahill Okafor in the final group B match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan. Photo: @NigeriaBasket

 

The European team capitalised on a 14-0 lead they built in the fourth quarter to hold on till the end of the game. They will confirm their position (first or second) on the group standings after the game between Germany and Australia.

The Italians won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics and will be hoping to improve on that performance in Tokyo.

 

Nigeria’s Chimezie Metu reacts as Italy’s players (background) celebrate their victory at the end of the men’s preliminary round group B basketball match between Italy and Nigeria during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP)

 

Nigeria’s Nnamdi Vincent reacts after their defeat at the end of the men’s preliminary round group B basketball match between Italy and Nigeria during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP)

 

Nigeria’s Jordan Nwora goes to the basket past Italy’s Danilo Gallinari (2R) in the men’s preliminary round group B basketball match between Italy and Nigeria during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP)

 

Another impressive performer for Team Nigeria was Jordan Nwora who scored 20 for the D’Tigers while Jahill Okafor recorded 14 for Coach Brown’s team whose Olympics campaign came to an end without a win.

 

 

Italy’s Achille Polonara goes to the basket past Nigeria’s Jordan Nwora in the men’s preliminary round group B basketball match between Italy and Nigeria during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Eric GAY / POOL / AFP)

 

Italy’s Niccolo Mannion goes to the basket past Nigeria’s Ike Nwamu (2L) in the men’s preliminary round group B basketball match between Italy and Nigeria during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP)

Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers Lose Opening Group B Match To Australia

D'Tigers
D’Tigers had an impressive run in tune-up games before the Olympics, defeating the US in one of the matches.

 

Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team, the D’Tigers have lost 84-67 to Australia in their opening Group B match at the Tokyo Olympics.

Two weeks ago in Las Vegas, the Boomers were 39 points better than Nigeria but in today’s encounter at the Saitama Super Arena, Coach Mike Brown’s team got off to a good start but in the crucial stages of the match, poor shooting let them.

Both teams combined for 46 turnovers with Australia contributing 22. The first quarter was a tight affair, it ended 23-23 and the direction of the match was hinged on the second-quarter performance.

Australia won it 20-17. Nigeria lost seven free throws, easily they would have taken the lead into the break.

In the third quarter, the arena’s buzzer couldn’t function properly and that affected the momentum of the game. Notwithstanding, the Boomers got their shooting right, Nigeria struggled with theirs and lost the quarter 15-12.

In the 4th quarter, Patty Mills took things personally with exceptional shooting and the Boomers won 26-15 to wrap up a fine performance with defense being the main focus for coach Brian Goorjian’s team.

Mills was Australia’s best performer with 25 points while Joe Ingles and Dante Exum recorded 11 apiece. Nigeria’s Obi Emegano had 12 points, Josh Okogie finished the game with 11 points while Jordan Nwora and Precious Achiuwa recorded 10 points each.

The D’Tigers will hope to make amends when they take on Germany in their second group match on Wednesday, 28th July.

D’Tigers Pay Tribute To Sound Sultan

D’Tigers with the customised t-shirts before the game.

 

The Nigerian men’s basketball team, D’Tigers paid tribute to the late Nigerian singer Sound Sultan before a pre-Olympic game on Wednesday.

To pay their respects, D’Tigers players wore white t-shirts with the late singer’s image and name printed on them.

In addition, the musician was honoured with a moment of silence within the arena.

Earlier in a post, Nigeria Basketball made a post on Instagram describing Sound Sultan as a family member of the team.

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“We lost a member of our family this week. D’Tigers will honour the great Sound Sultan with these warmup shirts tonight. RIP. Your legacy will live forever,” the NigeriaBasketball team said in the post on Instagram.

Born Olanrewaju Fasasi, the 44-year-old singer died on Sunday after “a hard-fought battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma”.

He was buried in New Jersey, U.S. on Sunday (the same day he died) according to Muslim rites amidst tears and tributes.

Sound Sultan was a die-hard basketball fan. In Lagos and Nigeria, he aggressively promoted the sport.

In his condolence message to the Fasasi family and the music industry, President Muhammadu Buhari said the singer “was kind, generous, and deeply passionate about issues in the country, which reflected in his music and art, and as an avid basketball fan, he made telling contributions to the development of local basketball in the country.”

Following the demise of the African Basketball League, Sound Sultan teamed up with the Continental Basketball League’s organizers to become a team owner of the Lagos City Stars (2017 champions) and a league entertainment facilitator.

D’Tigers Coach Invites 12 NBA Players For Tokyo Olympics Camping

The D’Tigers are aiming for a medal finish at the 2020 Olympic Games.

 

Nigeria’s men’s basketball team coach Mike Brown has listed 12 NBA players in a 49-man squad as the D’Tigers begin preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Monte Morris of Denver Nuggets, Miye Oni who plays for Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors’ OG Anunoby; and Kz Okpala of Miami Heat are among the players invited for camping in California, US.

Others are Festus Ezeli, Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Udoka Azubuike (Utah Jazz), Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), Gabe Vincent (Miami Heat), Al-Farouq Aminu (Chicago Bulls), Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks) and Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings).

The team’s captain Ike Diogu (Bameso, Dominican Rep) was also named in the side alongside 2015 NBA champion Festus Ezeli.

Fuenlabrada’s (Spain) Obi Emegano, Ike Iroegbu (Elan Chalon, France), Ike Nwamu (Samara, Russia), and Michael Gbinije (BC Nevèżíe, Lithuania) were also invited for the camping.

According to the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), the players started arriving in the camp on June 20 for the first phase of the exercise.

Nigeria will play in Group B alongside Australia and winners of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Serbia and Croatia.

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D’TIGERS’ FULL SQUAD FOR TOKYO GAMES 

D’Tigers Head Coach Mike Brown.

 

Below is the full list of players invited by the coach:

Monte Morris (Denver Nuggets), Miye Oni (Utah Jazz), OG Anunoby (Toronto Raptors), Kz Okpala (Miami Heat), Festus Ezeli, Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Udoka Azubuike (Utah Jazz), Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons).

Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves) will join other NBA players who include Gabe Vincent (Miami Heat), Al-Farouq Aminu (Chicago Bulls), Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks) and Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings), Ike Diogu (Bameso, Dominican Rep).

Obi Emegano (Fuenlabrada, Spain), Ike Iroegbu (Elan Chalon, France), Michael Oguine (BC Souffelweyersheim, France), Zaid Hearst (Alba Fehervar, Hungary), Ike Nwamu (Samara, Russia) and Michael Gbinije (Nevèżíe, Lithuania).

Talib Zanna (Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Israel), Emmanuel Omogbo (Vellaznimi, Kosovo), Christian Mekowulu (Treviso, Italy), Tonye Jekiri (Baskonia, Spain), Abdul-Malik Abu (Fethiye, Turkey), Chima Moneke (Orleans, France), Amanze Egekeze (Gries/Oberhoffen, France), Calab Agada (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), TK Edogi (St. Chamond, France), Joshua Ajayi (Hermine Nantes, France), Keith Omoerah (Poitiers, France) & Michael Eric (CSKA Moscow of Russia).

Festus Ezeli, UC Iroegbu, Ike Ndugba (2021 NBA draft prospect), Mike Okauru (UNC- Wilmington), Ben Uzoh (Hoopers), Michael Adewunmi (UT-Rio Grand Valley), Aminu Mohammed (Georgetown Univ), Manny Obaseki (Texas A&M University), Elijah Olaniyi (Stony Brook Uni) & Chibuzo Agbo (Texas Tech Uni).

Gideon George (BYU), Makenzie Mgbako (Gill St. Bernard School), Warith Alatishe (Oregon State Uni), Efe Abogidi (Washington State Univ), Stephen Domingo (Lakeland Magic), Emeka Okafor, Clifford Omoruyi (Rutger Uni) & Ekpe Udoh (Beijing RF, China).

Super Eagles Lose One Spot, D’Tigers Gain 10 Spots In World Rankings 

 

Nigeria lost a place in the FIFA ranking for the month of September, ranking 34th. In the league table published Thursday on the website of the governing body of world football, Nigeria collected 1,482 points in the month under review, compared to 1,481 points in August.

However, despite the fall of a place, Nigeria still occupies the third position on the continent behind Senegal and Tunisia, with 1,546 and 1,493 respectively. On the world stage, Belgium remains at the top of the FIFA world rankings after several weeks rich in international soccer actions.

During the period under review, 78 friendly matches, 74 continental qualifiers, and 60 FIFA World Cup ™ qualifiers, Qatar 2022 ™, were held. Although the teams in the top 10 remain unchanged, there have been some movements. France (second, top 1) and Brazil (third, bottom 1) exchanged places, while Spain (seventh, 2%) is the top 10 in the ranking. This surprises NetBet fans.

The Cayman Islands (193rd, 11th place) and Granada (160th, 13th place) are the largest mixed point climbers, reaping the rewards of their success in the CONCACAF League of Nations. In fact, the increase of 13 places in Granada means that they are the highest climber in September.

Other notable rising countries include Jamaica (47, 5 of 5), which is in the top 50. The others are the Republic of Ireland (28 of 4), Russia (42 of 4), Guatemala (133 of 11), Suriname (142 of 9), Montserrat (187 of 9) and Djibouti (186 of 4). 9) Djibouti recently beat Eswatini (150th, 11th down) in two sets to qualify for the second round of the African World Cup for the second time.

Meanwhile, Kosovo (119th, up to 1) was rewarded for his impressive performance in the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier by reaching his best position in the FIFA ranking. The Cook Islands are not classified in the last classification because they have not played in an international “A” match in the last four years. After their next international “A” match, they will be included again in the standings with their total points since July 2019 plus / minus points won or lost in the new match. Recalled that Nigeria moves 12 points up in the last FIFA ranking prior to this.

On the other hand, Nigerian D’Tigers climbed 10 places in the FIBA ​​Men’s World Ranking recently presented by Nike on Thursday. According to FIBA, the ranking was updated after the conclusion of the 2019 FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup in China.

The United States retained its first-place status, but Spain, the recently successful World Cup champion, closed the gap. Nigeria’s qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was also critical for its recent 23rd place on a previous 33rd place, even taking first place on the continent.

Meanwhile, there was a big move up the leaderboard, with Australia (673.6) coming in third. Argentina took fourth place (670.5) and fifth place in France (665.4). Entering the World Cup as Team No. 11, Australia received extra points for beating top teams in France and Lithuania.

It was on the way to his best performance in the flagship event. Argentina, a finalist of the World Cup, also won a place at the expense of France. Total points in France increased during the World Cup, but they were not enough to offset the successes achieved by Australia and Argentina.

The Czech Republic (596.8) and Poland (583.0) were among the highest, with strong World Cup exhibits reflected in the recently updated ranking. The Czechs gained 14 places and are now tenths, while the Poles climbed to 13th place, winning 12 places https://sport.netbet.ng/.

The trajectory also indicates other World Cup participants, such as Nigeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Japan, and Ivory Coast posted double-digit gains. However, the countries that lost ground are those who were not present in the tournament of 32 teams in China. The men’s FIBA ​​World Ranking, presented by NIKE, will be updated after qualifying for the February Continental Cup.