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 staff after the staff’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 boys’s basketball occasion of the Tokyo Olympics however their performances earlier than and in the course of the Olympics give room for a lot of to be optimistic about the way forward for the staff led by United States-born coach Mike Brown.
D’Tigers comprised solely of gamers making their debut on the Olympics, whereas some had been collaborating in a global 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.”
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He added: “You have performed tremendously well and Nigerians thank you sincerely.”
In an identical vein, Musa Kidda, the caretaker president of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, has expressed his gratitude to the boys’s nationwide basketball staff 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 boys’s basketball occasion of the Tokyo Olympics.
They had misplaced earlier within the match to Australia and Germany, however the efficiency normally from D’Tigers, a staff comprised solely of gamers making their debut on the Olympics, offers trigger to hope of better issues to return 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 achieved very nicely as athletes, coaches, and technical employees throughout 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.”
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.”