Nigeria Makes History In The Biggest Basketball Match Played Yet

History was made on August 30th when Nigeria, for the first time ever, won the 28th edition of the the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Africa Basketball Championship held in Radés, Tunis. The Nigerian team beat the 2013 champions, Angola, with a final score of 74 to 65. The win qualifies Nigeria for the 2016 Summer Olympics Basketball Tournament in Rio, Brazil.

The team was led to victory by Nigerian-British professional basketball player Olumide Oyedeji, who is also the first African player ever to be drafted outside America to the US National Basketball Association (NBA). Oyedeji has been a member of the senior men’s Nigerian national basketball team since 1997 and has contributed to the growth of the game in Nigeria over the years. He is also an award winning humanitarian and philanthropist who is the founder of the Olumide Oyedeji Youth Foundation (OOYF), an organization that was established to help underprivileged, troubled and at risk teens make better choices and develop better future selves.

The FIBA African Basketball Championship, popularly known as AfroBasket 2015, is the men’s basketball continental championship of Africa, played biennially under the auspices of the basketball sport governing body, FIBA, and is inclusive of the different FIBA Africa subzones.

All our African teams are winners and we continue to celebrate their wins and successes.

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