A member of the Nigeria Basketball Federation ( NBBF ), Retd. Col. Sam Ahmedu, on Monday said Nigeria’s participation in the FIBA Africa 3×3 Championship was a good exposure for the players.
Ahmedu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that in spite of losing in the final matches to Mali, Nigeria still had a good outing.
NAN reports that Mali defeated Nigeria’s Junior D’Tigers and Junior D’Tigress 22-17 points and 9-7 points respectively in the final matches of the competition on Sunday.
“Even with the losses in the final matches, it was not a bad outing for Nigeria”.
“We knew it would be tough and that the hosts would leave no stone unturned to win the competition, which was being organised in honour of one of their people there”.
“We should also not forget that Nigeria’s under-18 boys beat them in the Preliminary Round. Overall, it was a good exposure for our young boys and girls, and this portends a good future for their development,” he said.
According to the NBBF official website, both teams did the country proud during the competition.
During the tournament, the male team remained unbeaten in their opening round matches, even when they met Mali in the preliminary encounter.
Nigeria’s under-18 boys defeated Togo 21-8 in their first game, while Republic of Benin suffered a 13-20 loss to Nigeria in their second Group A match.
Junior D’Tigers defeated Mali 18-13 in their final group game, and went on to beat Benin 21-11 points in the semi-finals.
Similarly, the Junior D’Tigress defeated Togo 12-8 in their first match, and lost 14-16 against Mali.
NAN recalls that the competition, named “Tournoi International Salamatou Maiga U-18 Championship’’, was held in Mali from Saturday to Sunday.
Seven teams, made up of four male and three female teams, participated and they were from Nigeria, Togo, Mali and Republic of Benin.
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