The transformation of the NBBF (Nigerian Basketball Federation is a very surprising one, which was brought to the home light as the D’Tigers beat the well-respected term USA 90-87 Saturday night (Sunday Nigerian time).
This got the name for the Nigerians in virtually every publication across the world.
This is not only the first time the Nigerian basketball team beat the USA, but it is the first time an African team has beaten the USA as no other African has done ever before. This got D’Tigers trending on Twitter. Before the match no African team has ever trend to even in the USA, every nation just kept their target at reducing the defeat margin and keeping it as low as possible. This has always been a big deal for D’Tiger.
For instance, the result of the game between Nigeria and the USA at the London 2012 Olympics tells a lot. The USA won Nigeria 156 – 73. The progress did not get come overnight.
There have been a lot of work and dream actualization to bring the Nigerian basketball team to this level.
In the early 1990s, Nigeria started a fight to change the Afro Basket that was original scheduled for December to be brought down to the summer period when a very good number of Nigerian players could be free from collegiate games, club games and can be able to play for D’Tigers. The transformation of the NBBF.
In December 1995 the NBBF managed to assemble a few of the USA-based players and finished at the third position in Algeria.
Nigeria put in their possible best for an improvement that came in 1997 in Senegal. Nigeria assembled quite an impressive show losing only one game which was the final game with the hosts Senegal which the Nigerian team beat at the group stage.
Senegal came into the final with a lot of trucks and physical threats and they had their way but Nigerian winning second place qualified for the first world cup in Greece.
The preparation for anthems in 1998 was even more elaborate. The coach Ayo Bakare had the mandate to get the bust of Nigerian players anywhere in the world. the succeeded in adding later Yinken Dare a former NBA player, Obinna Ekezie (Wakanow CEO), and Julius Nwosu also a former NBA player.
Nigeria only won was against South Koran but that was the beginning of what led to the performance; we are seeing from D; Tigers and D’Tigress.
After the world cup, the NBBT agreed that within a decade the country would be among the top 20 if they could get quarter of Nigerian stars all over the world.
This is how the present quad came about.
The current NBBF president Musa Kidu who was a member of the board at the upsurge period of 1997/1998 has followed the dreams and plans to the letter. It was of great importance that the team was well managed so it could get the best Nigerian player attracted. The very next thing to do was to get a top match coach that could attract players in the NBA and that was how Mike brown became the coach and this got Nigeria the number it wanted. The transformation of the NBBF.
The Nigerian teams are hopeful because of the quality on the ground but it will be a surmises if they don’t come back with medals.
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