NBBF releases 18 man list for World Cup qualifiers


D’Tigers coach Alex Nwora on Sunday named the country’s 18-man squad  for the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers in Bamako, Mali, from February  23 to 25.

On the list released by the Nigeria Basketball Federation,  five players from the squad who helped Nigeria win silver at the  2017 Afrobasket and two  members of  the 2015 Afrobasket winning squad topped the list.

Agua Caliente Clippers’ Ikechukwu Ireogbu,  Ike Nwamu (Sioux Falls Skyforce),  Chile-based Bryant Mbamalu (CD Vildivia),  China-based Ike Diogu (Schun Blue Whales) and Turkey-based Ayodeji Akindele (Belediye Spor), who shone at the 2017 Afrobasket, made the list alongside Eli Abraham (Kano Pillars), Abdulwahab Yakubu (Gombe Bulls) and Musa Usman Mohammed (Mark Mentors).

Ben Uzoh (unattached), Michael Gbinijie (Santa Cruz Warriors, USA) made   their return to the national team  after missing out on the 2017 Nations Cup co-hosted  by Senegal and Tunisia.

Other players invited  are  Ofoegbu Chima (unattached), Ojo Adetokunbo (Worcester Wolves, UK), Mike Efevbeha (Sagesse, Lebanon), Obi Emenago (Rouen Basket, France), Omogbo Emmanuel (Pesaro, Italy), Nwogbo Afam (Sendai 89ers, Japan), Talib Zanna (Ironi Nes-Ziona, Israel) and Christopher Ewaoche (Tranzaspor, Turkey).

In a statement,  the NBBF said  it had an arrangement for the  foreign-based players  to arrive in   Bamako on  February  19.

Nwora said,  “Active players in their clubs who are available have been invited to represent Nigeria. We have a very formidable team that I believe will sail through.”



Jibril .O