Engr Musa Kida, President of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), has advised Nigerians home and abroad to rally behind Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, as they resume their FIBA World Cup qualifiers on Friday against Cape Verde.
Kida said the support of Nigerians is key to the morale and performance on and off the court as they target finishing strong in Group A.
“We must all come together as Nigerians to support the team so that we can advance to the next round. I am in touch with the team. The mood in the camp is high because the boys are ready to make the country proud”.
“All the players on the team are Nigerians representing the country. Reactions have trailed the list. These reactions have been noted. These are players that the technical crew believes can get the job done during this window and we must give them our full support”.
The NBBF President assured fans and stakeholders that the federation would leave no stone unturned to ensure that D’Tigers book a ticket to the next FIBA World Cup.
“We are one of the best teams in Africa, we have to be at the world cup. As a federation, we will do everything within our power to deliver the world cup ticket”.
Kida thanked His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Honorable Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare for their continued support.
Nigeria sits atop group A with five points from three games. The top three teams from each group will advance to the second round.