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Showing posts with label Basketball. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Kogi Basketball Fiesta: Ex-basketball International Thanks Governor Yahaya Bello

 Kogi Basketball Fiesta: Ex-basketball International Thanks Governor Yahaya Bello.

By Akin Bolarinwa 

The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has thrown his weight behind the much anticipated grassroots basketball camp due to hold in Kogi State any time from now.

Ex- basketball international Samuel Oguche has noted that, hosting a grassroots basketball camp in Kogi State is a welcomed development.

According to the basketball aficionado, the move by the sports-loving Governor to sponsor basketball camp at the grassroots will further enrich the culture of basketball and other sports in the Confluence State.

Samuel Oguche commended Governor Yahaya Bello for his foresight and initiative while also encouraging sports stakeholders in the state to support the government of the day.

“I will like to commend the Governor of Kogi State for this smart move because that is the best legacy any government can give to the youth.

Going back home and being part of history is a big thing for me. I will like to thank His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello for his continuous support to sports and youth development".

The Kogi State Basketball Fiesta will be held in conjunction with the Sam Oguche Basketball Foundation.

Monday, 30 November 2020

Perfect start for D’Tigers as 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Qualifier ends in Rwanda

 Perfect start for D’Tigers as 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Qualifier ends in Rwanda

D'Tigers concluded their first FIBA Afrobasket on a winning note as they maintained their unbeaten run with another emphatic 91-68 points win against Mali.

Captain, Ike Diogu led from the front as he powered the team to its third victory with 14 points, 5 rebounds to emerge the team's top performer.

Although Mali won the first quarter, 16-13, they lost their way in the second quarter 26-15pts as Nigeria headed into the break with a 39-31 points lead.

It was all about the Coach Mike Brown led team when the second half resumed with the team winning the third and fourth quarter (22-20, 30-17) no thanks to some sloppy play leading to series of turnovers which the Malians paid for dearly.

Point Guard, Ike Iroegbu continued his sterling performance and consistency for the team scoring an amazing 17 points, 4 steals and 6 assists.

Obi Emegano and Keith Omoerah combined to score 23 points on a night that the team confirmed its superiority.

Despite the heroics of Ibrahim Djambo who sank 22 points and 5 rebounds, it was not enough to stop the determined D'Tigers team who had their eyes fixed on their third straight win after defeating South Sudan and host-Rwanda.

As life under the new coach continues, attention will now shift to the next set of group matches slated for February, 2021 with Nigeria sitting pretty easy atop group D. 

Tuesday, 24 November 2020



By Akin Bolarinwa 

The founder of Sam Oguche Basketball foundation, Samuel Oguche has stated the reason behind the launch of J-town Basketball Peace tournament holding next year in Jos, Plateau state. 

Speaking from his base in United Kingdom, Oguche opined that the Jos town basketball tournament is part of his own little way of giving back to the Nigerian kids and Africa has a whole.

After more than seven years of  helping Nigerian youths through basketball empowerment, Oguche said the trip to Jos is to create awareness for the game and also an avenue to discover, nurture and mould  career for young dunkers. 

Samuel Oguche says "A week long tournament which is scheduled for 8th to 15th of January  2021 is targeted at taking the kids off the street and educating them on how to play safe and stay safe on and off the basketball court".

The Azi Iyako youth center will host the J-town basketball peace tournament. 

"The aim of the tournament is to take kids off the streets and give them moral education "

"Basketball clinic, music and dance performances would be unleash during the tournament". Oguche stated.

Monday, 9 November 2020

2021 FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers: NBBF explains 20-man selection criteria

 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers: Kida explains 20-man selection criteria

The Nigeria Basketball Federation has revealed that listing a 20 man provisional list for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket qualifiers in Rwanda was not an easy job.

Reacting to a recent feedback over the absence of some players who featured at the 2019 World Cup in China, the NBBF President Engr Musa Kida explained that the exceptional quality of players ready to play for D’Tigers has made selection very difficult for the coaching crew.

“We are always determined to go all out and put our best foot forward all the time. While we were prosecuting the 2019 World Cup qualifiers, we saw different players who came and got the job done. This is a pointer to the fact that Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents.

“We have many players in the NBA and top leagues across the world who have been excused because of the timing of the qualifiers and their schedule. Some are trying to seal new contracts, others are moving in-between teams while some are waiting to be drafted which is very close when camp will open”.

He however expressed satisfaction with the quality of players on the 20 man list which he described as a mixture of youth and experience.

“All the 20 players deserve a place on the roaster and we are happy with the quality at our disposal. The coaching crew has the final decision about the last 12 players. I do not really envy them.”

Kida reiterated his belief that the Coach Mike Brown led Technical crew will deliver on the mandate given to it.

“Our immediate target right now is to win our matches and qualify for the 2021 Afrobasket while we also prepare for the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. I believe that we are on the same page about what is expected of everybody”.

Nigeria is grouped alongside host- Rwanda, Algeria and Mali.


Oni Afolabi O.

NBBF Board Member (Media)

Friday, 6 November 2020

Afrobasket Qualifiers: Mike Brown releases 20 man provisional list

 Afrobasket Qualifiers: Mike Brown releases 20 man provisional list

D'Tigers Coach new coach Mike Brown has released a 20 man provisional list for the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers slated for Kigali, Rwanda between 27th and 29th, November.

Brown who will officially start his voyage with Nigeria submitted a list featuring 7 players who featured  at the 2019 FIBA World Cup where Nigeria qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo.

Captain, Ike Diogu will lead the legion which includes 29 year old Stan Okoye (Gran Canaria), Ben Uzoh, Ike Iroegbu, Talib Zanna, Ekpe Udoh and Michael Eric.

2015 NBA winner with Golden State Warriors, Festus Ezeli will be on the flight to Rwanda for a chance to represent Nigeria for the first time ever alongside a member of the 2015 Afrobasket winning team, Mike Gbinije.

After missing the final 12 man team to the world cup, France based Ike Nwamu will  make another return to the team alongside Tonye Jekiri, Christopher Obekpa, Braxton Ogbueze, Mike Efevberha, Obinna Emegano who at some point featured during the team's 2019 qualifiers series.

Chima Moneke who has averaged 12.3pts and 5.8rebs in 4 games for Orléan in the French league has also been called up for the first time alongside Zaid Christopher Hearst-Okpalannaka who plies his trade in the second tier of the French league.

Other new faces who will hope to earn their first cap include Real Betis powerforward, Obi Enechionyia alongside Ogbunu John and Rasheed Sulaimon who play for Casademont Zaragoza





1.      Stan Okoye                    Small Forward         Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria (Spain)

2.      Ikechukwu Nwamu       Shooting Guard        Cholet (France)

3.      Ike Iroegbu                    Point Guard                          Capital City Go-Go (NBA G League, USA)

4.      Talib Zanna                      Centre                    Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C  (Israel) 

5.      Chima Moneke                 Power Forward        Orléans Loiret Basket (France) 

6.      Obinna Enechionyia         Power Forward        Real Betis (Spain)

7.      Micheal Gbinije                Shooting Guard       BC Nevėžis (Lithuania)

8.      Obi Emegano.                  Shooting Guard       Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)

9.      Mike Efevberha               Shooting Guard        JA Vichy-Clermont Métropole (France)

10.  Michael Eric                     Centre                      Turk Telekom Basketball (Turkey)

11.  Tonye Jekiri                      Centre                      Club Deportivo Saski-Baskonia (Spain)

12.  Rasheed Sulaimon           Shooting Guard                   Casademont Zaragoza (Spain)

13.  Zaid Hearst-Okpalannaka  Shooting Guard     Antibas (France) 

14.  Ekpe Udoh                              Centre 

15.  Ben Uzoh                                Point Guard

16.  Christopher Obekpa                 Centre

17.  Ike Diogu                                Centre 

18.  Braxton Ogbuezue                  Guard

19.  Festus Ezeli                             Centre

20.  John Ogbunu




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