Nigeria national basketball team
|FIBA ranking||17 9|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Africa|
|National federation||Nigeria Basketball Federation|
|FIBA World Cup|
|FIBA Africa Championship|
|Medals|| Gold: (2015)
Silver: (1997, 1999, 2003)
Bronze: (1995, 2005, 2011)
|All Africa Games|
|Medals|| Gold: (2011)
Bronze: (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007)
The Nigerian national basketball team represents Nigeria in international competitions. It 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 will be ranked 16th in the FIBA World Rankings after the 2016 Olympic Men's Basketball Tournament in Rio, making them the top climber in FIBA rankings from last year.
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.
As of 2015, Nigeria is Africa's reigning basketball champion.
- 1 History
- 2 Performance table
- 3 Team
- 4 Kit
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Basketball in Nigeria started in the late 50's by a man named Walid Zabadne. He taught and showed Nigerians how to play the game of basketball in the only basketball court in the country at the time located in the Syrian Club. Once the basketball federation in Nigeria was established, Walid would take these young players around Africa to various tournaments. Walid Zabadne eventually became the president of the Nigerian basketball federation and is known as the father of basketball in Nigeria.
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 Championship
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 Olympics
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 Cup
|1998||13||1998 FIBA World Championship||Athens, Greece|
|2006||14||2006 FIBA World Championship||Japan|
|2019||To be determined||2019 FIBA World Cup||China|
FIBA Africa Championship
- 1973 : ?
- 1987 : ?
- 1995 :
- 1999 :
- 2003 :
- 2007 :
- 2011 :
- 2015 :
- 2019 : To be determined
- 2006 : 4th
- 2018 : To be determined
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–
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
- Richard Oruche
- Ekpe Udoh
- 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)
- Nigeria national under-19 basketball team
- Nigeria national under-17 basketball team
- Nigeria national 3x3 team
- Nigeria women's national basketball team
- "FIBA rankings". FIBA. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Ezeli fue incluido en el plantel preliminar de Nigeria para las Olimpiadas en Rio" [Ezeli was included on Nigeria's premliminary squad for the Rio Olympics]. FIBA. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
- Efe, Ben. "Rio Olympics: Oyedeji quits D'Tigers". Vanguard. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
- "NBBF hires Will Voigt to lead D’Tigers to Afrobasket and All African Games; may lead team to Rio 2016 Olympic Games". Basketball. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
- "Forget it, Nigeria. Victor Oladipo is gone!". Basketball. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
- 2015 FIBA Africa Championship - Nigeria, FIBA.com, Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- Official website
- Team Nigeria Basketball
- FIBA Profile
- Nigeria Basketball Records at FIBA Archive
- Afrobasket – Nigeria Men National Team
- Nigeria - Team Highlights - AfroBasket 2015 Youtube.com video