Lagos - Nigeria’s men’s basketball team, D’Tigers have
climbed from 25th place to 16th spot in the monthly FIBA global ranking.
Though they only won one game in Brazil, the team’s
participation at the Rio 2016 Olympics may have contributed to the upward trend
of the team in world stage.
Also read: D’Tigers players say Rio Games won’t be Nigeria’s last
With the latest development, Nigeria is now the highest
ranked African team, overtaking perpetual rivals Angola who incidentally also
fell to the D'Tigers at last year's Afrobasket in Tunisia, while the north
African country, who were however not at the Olympics, also gained two steps to
now occupy the 21st position from 23rd, ahead of Angola who fell 8 steps from
15th to 23rd, Daily Trust reports.
that D’Tigers crashed out of the Rio Olympics men’s basketball event, losing
69-86 to hosts Brazil.
The team showed some signs of exploit in the early minutes
of the game but succumbed and never regained its focus from the second quarter
of the game.For
the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us
on Twitter and like our Facebook page.
- News24 Nigeria