The Nigerian football team as well as Nigerian players in diverse football clubs have well represented us over the years, on different occasions they stood out and beat other outstanding teams, even when we least expected it; now our Nigerian basketball team have dazed us.
It is an interesting fact that most of the players in the current team working wonders consist of mostly Igbo players, the Igbo clan have been doing the most lately. The Nigerian team beat U.S.A team consisting of only NBA players in the Olympic exhibition on Saturday 10th of July, 2021.
Some of our players are Ike Iroegbu, a handful of N.B.A. players, including Chimezie Metu of the Sacramento Kings, Josh Okogie of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miye Oni of the Utah Jazz. The team is coached by Mike Brown, a Golden State Warriors assistant.
Gregg Popovich, the coach for the U.S.A team, encouraged his players saying: “That loss means nothing if we don’t learn from it, but it can be the most important thing in this tournament for us to learn lessons from it”.
Many Nigerians are in diaspora, and it is an extreme delight seeing our boys representing us globally and making the Nation proud via several media. We anticipate a time when Nigeria would be known and honoured in Basketball world just as the U.S.