Abuja - The Nigerian national basketball team won their opening Group D African Nations Cup match against Mali 75-59 on Wednesday.
D’Tigers arrived in Cote d’Ivoire with a star-studded squad made up of half its 2012 London Olympics team, but the Malians started the stronger side.
Nigeria eventually took the lead at 28-27 and held on to claim victory.
Coach Ayo Bakare said his side aims to win this edition of the tournament.
“I want to say that we have played second fiddle for too long and cannot afford to continue that way, so we must put in our best to ensure we achieve success,” he said.
“This is the best set of players we have ever assembled and I believe we can win if we put in our best.”
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