Football-crazy Nigeria aims for Olympic glory in basketball

Nigeria Men's National Team pose for a group photo after the game against the Australia Men's National Team

Nigeria Men's National Team pose for a group photo after the game against the Australia Men's National Team on July 13, 2021 at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo credit: Ned Dishman | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Ranked 22nd in the world, Nigeria upset a United States team featuring NBA stars like Kevin Durant 90-87, having been blown away 156-73 by the same opponents at London 2012
  • Like the Nigeria football team, the 'D'Tigers' squad is dominated by players from the diaspora who play in the NBA
  • They have been drawn in a tough-looking group with Australia, Germany and Italy, and tip off their campaign on Sunday

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