Musa Kidda, the caretaker president of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, has expressed his gratitude to the lads’s nationwide basketball group for representing Nigeria “very well” on the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
D’Tigers, on Saturday, misplaced 80-71 to Italy to crash out of the lads’s basketball occasion of the Tokyo Olympics.
They had misplaced earlier within the event to Australia and Germany, however the efficiency on the whole from D’Tigers, a group comprised totally of gamers making their debut on the Olympics, offers trigger to hope of higher issues to come back from the African champions.
“D’Tigers, it’s been such a long journey in such a short time,” started a message from the NBBF boss Kidda. “You have all finished very properly as athletes, coaches, and technical employees inside the context of challenges we needed to overcome.
“As President of NBBF, I would like to personally say thanks to all of you for representing your country Nigeria very well and assure you that Nigeria is proud of your efforts and staying power as a group.”
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He added: “We need to stay together and continue building on what we have done here as African representatives. We shall definitely do better as we are stronger. Stay safe and strong guys.”
In an identical vein, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has expressed his thanks and appreciation to the gamers and technical crew of Nigeria’s nationwide males’s basketball group after the group’s marketing campaign on the Olympic Games got here to an finish on Saturday.
“My thanks and appreciations go to the players and coaching staff of the D’Tigers,” mentioned the Minister. “They represented Nigeria impressively and we thank them for their resilience, efforts, and their patriotic commitment.”
D’Tigers misplaced 80-71 to Italy to crash out of the lads’s basketball occasion of the Tokyo Olympics however their performances earlier than and through the Olympics give room for a lot of to be optimistic about the way forward for the group led by United States-born coach Mike Brown.
D’Tigers comprised totally of gamers making their debut on the Olympics, whereas some had been collaborating in a world championship for the primary time.
“They came and gave a good account of themselves to the world that Nigeria will compete amongst the best basketball nations,” continued the Minister. “And to Mike Brown and the coaching staff, thank you for building this team and your faith in the team.”
He added: “You have performed tremendously well and Nigerians thank you sincerely.”