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    At least on paper, Nigeria has the most powerful team in Africa by far, and could very well compete with any elite team or even improve their 2006 success. I hope they can make it happen.

    And i see this is the first time the NT has been able to attract most of the best Nigerians and Nigerian-Americans, if not all of them. Great news for them.

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    Whoaa, four players of Nigeria are or were playing this season in Puerto Rico, Ebi Ere(very very good player), Oyedeji, Ibekwe and Gabe Mouneke(long time playing here)
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    16 free throws in the last 4 minutes...
    Puerto Rico had 20 the whole game

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    Rooting for Nigeria, as much as I love Angola in world tournaments it's about time someone knocked them off in Afrobasket.

    btw How many spots does Africa get for the World Championships 2 or 3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dtown View Post
    How many spots does Africa get for the World Championships 2 or 3?
    They had 3 in Japan, i guess it remains the same.

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    Afrobasket Libya 2009: World Championship ticket our target – Nigeria President

    Newly sworn-in president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF Tijjani Umar is optimistic that the task of repositioning the nation’s basketball is achievable, in this brief chat with our correspondent, the NBBF boss spoke about various activities before the new board among other sundry issues. Excerpt:

    What should Nigerians expect from this board in the next four years

    Thanks, for me the inauguration is only formalities, you know we have being running the affairs of the game long before the election. I am sure you know that I have been heading the Task Force whose primary assignment was to prepare the country senior national team for the 25th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship billed for Libya in August this year and other local basketball programmes.

    What is really important to us now is not just the Cup of Nations but other programmes as well. We are going to jump-start the Zenith Women Premier League by the end of this month, get involved in the U16 Boy’s and Girl’s qualifiers holding in Cotonuo, Republic of Benin and do everything possible to see that the Premier league for Men took off, so can see that our hands are full.

    Funding the programmes

    It true fund is very vital in the execution of these programmes, we shall appeal to all stake-holders in the game for support including corporate sponsors of our various programmes and with the support of everybody none of the programmes will be left unattended to.

    Choice of American Coach for D’Tigers

    It true Nigerian coaches, (Ayo Bakare and Sani Ahmed) qualified the country for the Libya 2009 Afrobasket the situation on ground presently demands us going for a foreign coach so the appointment of John Harding Lucas-II whom we believe can deliver at this crucial moment, though for me personally I would prefer a Nigerian coach who have greater stake than a foreigner.

    D’Tigers USA Camp

    Since bulk of the invited players lives in the United States which makes it easy for them to come together on a short notice and given the financial status of the board presently we realized it will be difficult getting the players to come down to Nigeria for camping but arrangement are in place to have the team come down to Nigeria before flying out to Tripoli, Libya for the Championship.

    I can assure you that this will probably be the last time we will be camping any of our teams in the US except they want to embark on training tour but such camps must start from the home front.

    Afrobasket goal

    To be honest with Nigerians our target is to secure one of the three 2010 16th FIBA World Championship ticket.

    Coach for D’Tigress

    You know there still the zonal qualifiers to play which we are hosting, so in the next cope of days or weeks coach for the senior women national team will be announced and he will definitely be a Nigerian.
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    NGR - Only total commitment can see us through – Efevberha

    Nigeria ended its campaign at the 25th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men (Afrobasket 2009) in a not too impressive note finishing a distance fifth in a pool of sixteen teams with seven wins and two loses thus missing out on the roll call of teams that will be at the 2010 FIBA World Championship (World Cup) in Turkey.

    The lose that was most painful among the two games the country senior men national team, D’Tigers lost was the quarter-final 84-80 points loss to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who themselves were bundled out of the race for Turkey by Cote d’Ivoire in the semi-final and Tunisia in the third place game.

    Basking in her impressive performance at the first round and Final-Eight-Round at the Benghazi centre of the Libya 2009 Afrobasket the Nigerian side coached by the trio of John Harding Lucas-II, Sani Ahmed and Masai Ujiri with great confidence.

    The team flew out to Tripoli a day before its quarter-final outing against the Cameroon side who were runners-up in the 2007 edition held in Angola beaming with great confidence giving the Cameroonian little chances to stop D’Tigers from roaring while thinking of the better side between Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal it likely semi-final opponent but all that became history as the Cameroonian stood their ground and stopped the over-confidence Nigerian side.

    One player who looked most disappointed in the Nigeria campaign was enterprising guard, Michael Efevberha who could not hide his disappointment of the team outing pleaded with the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and handlers of the senior team to always go for players who are ready to give their all at all time.

    The Wellington Saints basketball club of New Zealand guard who was one of the most outstanding players on the Nigeria line-up fall short of naming some of his colleague he accused of not being fully committed to the course of the national team at the championship.

    Efevberha born of a Nigerian father and an American mother have committed his future to his fatherland promising to always honour a national call-up.

    The 25 year-old Nigerian was one of the leading scorer at the championship averaging 17.4 points per-game and was voted in the championship third best team of the championship, however, pleaded that the NBBF should not do away with the entire team but calls for integration of new players who will take the issue of national assignment as a task that must be given their total commitment as it is the only road to success.

    Efevberha who might be joining a top French side in the 2009/2010 season thanked the NBBF and handlers of D’Tigers for offering him an opportunity to be part of the country’s campaign at Africa biggest basketball showpiece.

    “I am happy to be called-up to represent my fatherland but I want to plead with the Nigeria basketball authority and handlers of the national team to always go for players who will be more committed and ready to give their hundred percent performances in all games at every championship the country entered.

    “I feel okay with my performance and I know that my parents especially my dad are proud of me but I am sad that we will miss out in Turkey when the best teams and players converge for the world biggest basketball championship next year and I feel pained that our good run in the run-up to the quarter-final was truncated by Cameroon not because they are better than us, one thing I also know is that Nigeria will bounce back to take it rightful place in the comity of basketball playing nation of the world.
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    Great news from the field of basketball, I m with team to give them good wishes to win. & interested to know when women basketball team will be declared.
    Hello

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    NGR – Nigeria’s Efevberha keeps fingers crossed on wild card

    LUGANO (2010 FIBA World Championship) - A hot topic of conversation among basketball fans and players is which teams merit consideration for the 2010 FIBA World Championship wild cards.

    Hoops enthusiasts in Africa are crossing their fingers that one of their national sides will receive a wild card.

    One of the teams in the running is Nigeria.

    Second in the FIBA Rankings among the African teams after No. 12 Angola, 22nd ranked Nigeria won seven of their nine games at the Afrobasket this summer in Libya but one of the defeats was very costly, a loss to Cameroon in the Quarter-Finals.

    The 84-80 setback ended Nigeria’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s big event in Turkey.

    The only chance for Nigeria to play in the big event now is to receive a wild card.

    The national team captain, Mike Efevberha, says a Nigeria side would add a lot to the 24-team field at the FIBA World Championship.

    “It is important to remember that Nigeria has provided many talented players throughout the world, and many others may come if we get a wild card,” Efevberha said to FIBA.com.

    FIBA will be handing out four wild cards next month in Istanbul, Turkey.

    When considering Nigeria, they do have a rich tradition in the sport.

    Between 1995 and 2005, Nigeria claimed either bronze or silver in the FIBA African Championships.

    They have come in fifth at the last two Afrobaskets, however.

    No one will ever forget Nigeria’s performance at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan under former coach Sam Vincent, which started with an 82-75 upset of Serbia and Montenegro and ended in the Eight-Finals against Germany.

    The Germans needed a superlative effort from their superhero, Dirk Nowitzki, to beat Nigeria 78-77. Nowitzki had 23 points in that victory.

    The United States-born, Sacramento Kings small forward Ime Udoka led the Nigerians with an average of 14 points per game in Japan.

    “I do hope we get a wild card,” said Efevberha, who plays professionally in Switzerland with the Lugano Tigers.

    “We had pretty good results in the past.

    “We did not play as well as we should have in Libya 2009, but we worked hard.”

    Efevberha says if he and his teammates take up a place in Turkey, they are capable of playing at a very high level.

    “We may have chances to succeed against better ranked teams as long as we put everything together, and get focused,” the 25-year-old said.

    “I do not know what the problems were in the past, but we have talent.”

    A different experience

    Efevberha, who played collegiately at California State University, says it was interesting to compete at the Afrobasket in Libya.

    The style of play, he says, was different to that found in the United States and in Europe.

    “I found the African game very physical,” he said.

    “In the last African Championship, I noticed everyone jumped around the rim. Guys are very athletic.”

    Athleticism isn't the only ingredient needed for success.

    Ten-time African champions Angola have athleticism, yet they are also much shorter than Nigeria.

    The Angolans have a lot of experience and are also well organized.

    “Everybody knows what their roles are within the Angola team,” Efevberha said.

    Looking at Nigeria’s stars

    Nigeria provided one of the finest centers ever to play the game in Hakeem Olajuwon.

    Nicknamed “The Dream”, Olajuwon had a glittering career in college with the Houston Cougars and professionally with the Houston Rockets.

    He eventually represented the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games, claiming the gold medal.

    Efevberha isn’t a center, but rather a 6ft 5in guard who was born in Pomona, California, and obtained citizenship thanks to his father.

    “I think Nigeria has many talented players,” he said. “There can never be another Olajuwon, but there is an Efevberha.”

    Efevberha made his debut for the Nigeria national team last summer and was made captain by coach John Lucas, former NBA guard who also coached in the league.

    He averaged 17 points per game and had 24 in the defeat to Cameroon.

    There are other American-born Nigerians who have represented the country in the past who could bolster the squad.

    “With the World Championship coming around, if we get a wild card, I am sure more Nigerians playing in the US and in Europe will be joining the team,” he said.

    “Everyone will be interested to come because it is an event that everyone will be watching. I, personally, welcome them.”
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    Thumbs up thanks for the article


    thanks for the article

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    does anybody know if FSU's Solomon Alabi already played for the Nigerian basketball squad?
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    http://www.africabasket.com/Nigeria/...eam.asp?Age=18
    He played for the U-18 and also for the U-19 national team (World Champs in Serbia 2007) and no he won't be part of the Phillipines NT for sure due to this facts.
    This guy will be a cornerstone of a new Nigerian NT in the next years and hopefully make the NBA.

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    NGR – Umar confidence of Nigeria bid for 2011 Afrobasket for Men

    President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation President (NBBF), Tijjani Umar, has expressed confidence on the chances of the country winning the 2011 FIBA African Championship for Men.

    Umar affirmed that it is only a matter of time before the country would be announced as the substantial host of the competition by the continental ruling body, FIBA Africa.

    The NBBF boss says the federation has the endorsement of the Nigeria Minister for Sports, Engr. Sani Ndanusa to pursue the bid to its logical conclusion as the federation set machinery in motion to receive FIBA Africa team who are expected in the country to inspect facilities of the country bid city, Abuja .

    "We have the full support of the Federal Ministry of Sports and the Government of Nigeria to bid for the 2011 Afrobasket for Men. We have prepared well and we have all the facility needed for this level of championship, so we are very optimistic to emerge as the host country for the 2011 event, Umar said confidently

    The NBBF boss who led a four man delegation comprises of the 1st Vice President Mukthar Khaleh who is also a member of the Central Board of FIBA Africa as President of FIBA Africa Zone-III, Tagwai Yusuf and Mustapha Suleiman to formally present the bid document to the Central Board of FIBA Africa last weekend in Cairo , Egypt .

    He added that the continental basketball body has set up an inspection committee that would visit the bidding countries soon to inspect facilities on ground.

    The inspection team will be led by the Secretary General of the African body Dr. Alphonse Bile and other members of FIBA Africa will be in the country to inspect facilities at the Abuja National Stadium in April this year.

    Nigeria is bidding for the 2011 Africa biggest basketball showpiece - The Nations Cup which will serve as 2012 London Olympic Games qualifiers alongside, Cote d'Ivoire and Madagascar .

    It will be recalled that Nigeria stepped down for Libya as host of the 16th edition of the competition won by Angola last year.
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    Dordan Warriors Basketball Club of Lagos are expected to begin camping on Wednesday ahead of the commencement of the 2010 DSTV/NBBF Premier Basketball League season.
    The team will begin the build-up at their Ilupeju basketball court on Wednesday as the new season dunks off on March 17.
    The team co-ordinated by Colonel Sam Ahmedu (rted) came third last season behind their local rivals, Lagos Islanders and the reigning champions Kano Pillars.

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    NGR - Promising Negedu receives thumbs-down by Vols

    KNOXVILLE (NCAA) – Nigerian youngster Emmanuel Negedu has not received medical clearance to play for the Tennessee Volunteers.

    The 6ft 7in Negedu was stricken with sudden cardiac arrest before the season following a light workout and missed the entire year.

    The 21-year-old sophomore had said on Monday he had planned on coming back.

    “I had been cleared by a doctor (in California) but needed to get a second opinion,” he said. “A second doctor cleared me, and I talked to Coach (Bruce) Pearl about it.’’

    But Tennessee have announced they will not give Negedu medical clearance.

    Athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a statement Tuesday: “Emmanuel is an exceptional young man, and we hope he will stay at UT as a student with our full support.

    “If he decides he would like to pursue a playing career at another school, we will support him in that decision, and we wish him the best.’’

    Tennessee said they turned down Negedu’s request after “careful consideration and consultation with both medical experts and current published recommendations.”
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    I am very interested to play for the women basketball team and please email me at charttolesting@yahoo.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air23245 View Post
    I am very interested to play for the women basketball team and please email me at charttolesting@yahoo.com
    did you mean you want to play for nigeria female national basketball team?

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    The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Ike Diogu (6'8''-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) to bolster their injury-depleted frontcourt.

    The Clippers signed the former first-round draft pick on Wednesday, hours before their home game against Houston.

    Chris Kaman, Craig Smith and Brian Cook all are out of the Clippers' lineup with injuries.

    Diogu has been out of the NBA since Detroit cut him during training camp. After playing in 29 games during the 2008-09 season with Sacramento and Portland, the five-year NBA veteran missed all of last season following left knee surgery.

    Kaman is out for a month with an injured left ankle, and the Clippers learned Tuesday that Smith will be out for at least two weeks after getting an epidural for a herniated disc in his lower back.

    Courtesy of www.azcentral.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by enomakos View Post
    The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Ike Diogu (6'8''-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) to bolster their injury-depleted frontcourt.
    That's fantastic! I remember watching Diogu in college and at Indiana Pacers. He's very talented. He can give a team 20 minutes a night and 10 good points. Very good player. Glad to see he's still in the NBA. Thanks for the update.
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    In its bid to better Nigeria basketball the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF will Monday hold an important talk with a would-be sponsor in London.

    The NBBF was invited to the One-Day exploratory meeting with the potential investors in Nigerian Basketball. The meeting which is being organized by MD Sports Management is sceduled to hold between 11.00am and 3.00pm at the Air France Conference Centre, World Cargo Centre, Bidg 558, Shoreham Road, Heathrow Airport, TW6 3RN.

    The Federation will be represented by its president, Tijjani Umar and a board member Yusuf Tagwai at the all important meeting

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