D'Tigers forced to withdraw from AfroBasket qualifiers due to lack of funds


The Nigerian men's basketball team (D'Tigers) has announced their forceful withdrawal from the upcoming AfroBasket qualifiers due to the lack of funds and support from the government.

D'Tigers through their official social media platform confirmed that the team will not be featuring in the highly anticipated AfroBasket qualifiers which will commence in February 2024, to identify the African countries that will feature at the FIBA Afrobasket tournament in 2025.

Early reports had initially indicated that D'Tigers had failed to secure tickets for their flight today, Wednesday, February 21, 2024, ahead of the competition, initial hopes had many speculating that the team might receive the support in the final minutes but the statement released now indicates that D'Tigers would not be participating in the competition at all.

This would be a huge blow to the game of basketball in Nigeria as this points towards the direction of lack of interest by the ministry of sport in other sport activities aside from football and it also raises concern as to if Nigeria will be properly represented at the Olympics 2024 in Paris.

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