Nigeria national basketball team
The Nigerian national basketball team is overseen by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF). It is generally considered to be one of the best national basketball teams in the FIBA Africa zone, along with Angola and Senegal. Nigeria has been ranked 16th in the FIBA World Rankings since the 2016 Olympic Men's Basketball Tournament in Rio, making them the top climber in FIBA rankings from 2015.
|FIBA ranking||33 (26 February 2019)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Africa|
|National federation||Nigeria Basketball Federation|
|FIBA World Cup|
|Medals|| Gold: (2015)|
Silver: (1997, 1999, 2003, 2017)
Bronze: (1995, 2005, 2011)
|All Africa Games|
|Medals|| Gold: (2011)|
Bronze: (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)
Nigeria is the only African nation to ever qualify for the Summer Olympics through the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. This was accomplished at the 2012 Event when Nigeria beat the world elite teams of Lithuania and Greece. In 2015, Nigeria won its first crown as basketball champion of Africa.
The history of basketball in Nigeria goes as far back as the late 1950’s when Walid Zabadne served as the first basketball coach to train Nigerians. At the time, Nigeria’s only basketball court was situated in the Syrian Club. Walid Zabadne continued teaching young Nigerians to become basketballers and when Nigeria’s basketball federation was organized, he took them to several basketball competitions across Africa. In view of his role as the pioneer of basketball in Nigeria, Walid Zabadne has been deemed “father of Nigerian basketball’’. Also worthy of note is that Zabadne was later made the president of the Nigerian basketball federation.
Nigeria's national basketball team joined FIBA in 1964. Recently, the team has enjoyed success, due to an increasing amount of talents from Nigeria as well as an orchestrated recruitment of American college and professional players of Nigerian descent. A team dominated by Nigerian-Americans qualified for the 2006 FIBA World Championship, marking only the second time in the country's history that they qualified to the FIBA World Cup.
2006 FIBA World ChampionshipEdit
Nigeria took part in the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. They were drawn in Group A with Argentina, France, Lebanon, Serbia and Montenegro, and Venezuela. They surprisingly finished third in Group A, then were narrowly defeated by Germany in the Round of 16. Overall they finished 14th, as they achieved the same record as the defending world champion Serbia and Montenegro.
2012 Summer OlympicsEdit
Nigeria competed at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. They finished the group play with a 1–4 record, with their victory coming against Tunisia, making the first ever Olympic game the first ever Olympic victory.
|2012||10||2012 Summer Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom|
|2016||11||2016 Summer Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
FIBA World CupEdit
|1998||13||1998 FIBA World Championship||Athens, Greece|
|2006||14||2006 FIBA World Championship||Japan|
|2019||Qualified||2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup||China|
|2023||To be determined||2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup||Philippines, Japan and Indonesia|
FIBA Africa ChampionshipEdit
- 1973 : ?
- 1987 : ?
- 1995 :
- 1999 :
- 2003 :
- 2007 :
- 2011 :
- 2015 :
- 2019 : To be determined
FIBA Stanković Continental Champions' CupEdit
- 2006 : 4th
- 2018 : 5th
Team honours and achievementsEdit
- FIBA Stanković Continental Champions' Cup
- Bronze: 2013, 2016
- Basketball at the Commonwealth Games
- Fourth-place: 2006
Nigeria men's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
- Vladislav Lučić 1975–1980
- Sam Vincent 2004–2006
- Sani Ahmed 2006
- Robert McCullum 2007
- John Lucas II 2009
- Sani Ahmed 2010, 2013
- Ayo Bakare 2011–2014
- William Voigt 2015–2017
- Alexander Nwora 2017-
Several players of the Nigerian national team have had success playing for professional teams, in the NBA, or in Europe, including:
- Julius Nwosu
- Akin Akingbala
- Peter Aluma
- Aloysius Anagonye
- Tunji Awajobi
- Ike Diogu
- Obinna Ekezie
- Ebi Ere
- Benjamin Eze
- Ekene Ibekwe
- Gani Lawal
- Michael Olowokandi
- Olumide Oyedeji
- Ime Udoka
- Jeff Varem
- Al-Farouq Aminu
- Festus Ezeli
2009 African Championship: finished 5th among 16 teams
Akin Akingbala, Aloysius Anagonye, Chamberlain Oguchi, Deji Akindele, Michael Efevberha, Michael Umeh, Josh Akognon, Ebi Ere, Ejike Ugboaja, Gabe Muoneke, Jayson Obazuaye, Benson Egemonye (Coach: John Lucas II)
2011 African Championship: finished 3rd among 16 teams
2012 Summer Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams
Tony Skinn, Ekene Ibekwe, Ike Diogu, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ade Dagunduro, Chamberlain Oguchi, Koko Archibong, Richard Oruche, Ejike Ugboaja, Derrick Obasohan, Alade Aminu, Olumide Oyedeji (Coach: Ayo Bakare)
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