The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engr. Musa Kida has expressed optimism that the senior men and women basketball teams will win medals at the 2020 Olympics.
While fielding questions from newsmen, the NBBF President said that the Nigerian teams were not going to the Olympics to add to the numbers of participating teams but to shock the world and be among the best.
With the current synergy and talents in the teams (D’Tigers and D’Tigress), Kida expressed confidence that they would compete with the best around the world and fly Nigeria’s flag high in Tokyo.
“D’Tigers and D’Tigress are teams that have the true spirit of Nigerians in them which is the spirit to win and perform optimally. They are going to perform extremely well and go ahead to shock the world again and this will be an excellent outing”.
Being the only team sport to have so far qualified for the Games in Nigeria and the first time both teams will be featuring during the same summer Olympics (also first in Africa), expectations are high for the team to perform.
Ranked number one in Africa and 14th in the world, D’Tigress will be making a return to the games after their last outing in 2004 in Athens, Greece while the men ranked first in Africa and 23rd in the world are making a return after the Rio 2016 Games.
The NBBF president also called on the Ministry of Sports to help the federation prepare well for the Games.
“The prospects are brighter with the Technical crew of D’Tigers that we have right now. The players we intend to invite include our players in the domestic league. We are going to have a formidable team and we will shock the world.”
The 2020 Summer Games will hold from July 24 to August 9.