Nigeria's D'Tigers on Saturday won the gold medal in the mens Basketball
event as the national team defeated their host, Mozambique, 62-57 in the
final before a huge home crowd.
D Tigers had defeated Angola, the former African Champions, at the
semi-finals to set up the epic encounter with Mozambique while the host
defeated Algeria, another tough nut, to qualify for the finals.
The Nigeria Basketball team played a defensive game contesting every
ball with their opponent to lead 18-14, 28-24, 46-43 and eventually at
62-57 in the four quarters of the game.
The Mozambican fans started trooping into the Desportivo Sports Centre,
Maputo, as early as noon for a match scheduled to start at 8 p.m. but
did not begin until 8:30 p.m.
However, the Nigeria team, who were not intimidated by the packed crowd
at the indoor sports hall, played their hearts out and eventually won
the deserved gold medal.
After the epic encounter, the green-white-green Nigerian flag took
centre court as the players and few Nigerians who watched the match
President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, who witnessed the defeat of his
team, presented the medals to the Nigerian players.
However, Sani Ahmed, Coach of Nigerias DTigers, says the gold medal won
is a mission accomplished through hard work, determination and
discipline exhibited by the players.
''We set out to accomplish this mission and I am very happy that we were
able to pick the gold medal and also defeat the Angolans in the
Coach Sani said the team would return home and immediately commence
preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Also reacting to the victory, Muktar Khaleh, the Nigeria Basketball
Federation (NBBF) Technical Director, said winning the gold medal at
stake at the games was an indication that basketball was developing in
Khaleh, a one-time National Team Captain, said the Federations next
objective would be to win the African Womens Championship beginning next
week in Mali.
The technical director expressed the hope that with the performance of
the mens team at the Games, the women would be motivated to perform well
in their tournament in Mali.
Courtesy of http://nigerianpilot.com
Mozambique and Nigeria to meet in the Finals
- Sep 19,
Mozambican men's basketball team won its semi final in the 10th All
Africa Games in Maputo on Friday night, defeating Algeria by the
considerable margin of 68-45.
The Mozambican team was dominant right from the start, offering no
chances to the Algerians. The Mozambicans were winning 30-21 at the end
of the first half, and the gap just widened during the rest of the match,
until Mozambique ended 23 points ahead of Algeria.
In the second semi-final, the hitherto undefeated Angolan team lost to
Nigeria by 62-56. The Nigerians took an early lead and finished the
first half ten points ahead of the Angolans. The Angolan team clawed
something back on the second half, but not enough to avoid defeat.
Mozambique now meets Nigeria for the final on Saturday night, while
Angola meets Algeria to decide the bronze medal.
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