Nigeria invites 12 players for FIBA ​​African W’Cup qualifiers


The Nigerian Basketball Federation has released a 12-man list for the third window of FIBA ​​qualifiers for the African World Cup between June 27 and July 5, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The team consists of Ikenna Ndugba (Greensboro Swarm, NBA G League), Uchenna Iroegbu (Free Agent), 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) are coached by Alan Major and assisted by Ogoh Odaudu.

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

The NBBF announced that Major will represent the team’s head coach, Mike Brown, who has just been named coach of the Sacramento Kings.

Nigeria, currently ranked first in Africa, will open their campaign against Cape Verde on Friday July 1 before taking on Mali on Saturday.

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The final game of the FIBA ​​series will take place on Sunday, July 3 at the BK Arena in the capital Kigali against Uganda.

Nigeria sits top of Group A with five points from three games.

During this window, 16 teams will compete for the second leg of games previously decided in November 2021 and March 2022.

The top three teams in each group advance to the second round, in which each team will play six games.

The top two teams in each group, along with the top third-place team, will qualify for the 2023 FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup.

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