SPORT D’Tigers in Hous­ton for fi­nal Rio prepa­ra­tions

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar @mansur_112

Nige­ria’s se­nior male bas­ket­ball team D’Tigers yes­ter­day landed in Hous­ton, Texas for the fi­nal leg of their 2016 Rio Olympics prepa­ra­tions be­fore flying to the South Amer­i­can city mid next week. D’Tigers are aim­ing to reach greater heights at this year’s Games af­ter a hor­ren­dous show­ing at Lon­don 2012 Olympics where they were elim­i­nated early and white­washed by a ruthless United States side which scored an Olympic record 156 against Nige­ria.

Ex­pec­ta­tions are high on the African cham­pi­ons this time around with high fly­ers in the NBA like Al Amin Farouq and Mike Gbinije in Wil­liam Voight’s side.

2015 Afro Bas­ket Most Valu­able player Cham­ber­lain Oguchi took to twitter to an­nounce their ar­rival to the north­ern United States of Amer­ica city.

“D’Tigers ar­rive in Hous­ton, home to Ben Uzoh, Mike Umeh and Oguchi.” the An­wil Wlo­clawek of Poland player who was born in Texas men­tioned on so­cial me­dia.

D’Tigers last friendly game will be in Hous­ton against the United States’ team on Au­gust 1 in what the Amer­i­cans have dubbed the USA Bas­ket­ball Show­case, be­fore they de­part to Rio. Their first game is against Argentina on Au­gust 7 and they have to fin­ish among the top four to ad­vance to the Quar­ter-Fi­nals.

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