The Punch

Team Nigeria’s medal chances Gadzama tips D’tigers for medal

- ’Tosin Oluwalowo

GOLD medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games, Fidelis Gadzama, says D’tigers stand a chance of winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games, which starts in eight days.

D’tigers defeated two of the top four countries in the world -- USA and Argentina -- in the three pre-olympics exhibition games they played in the last four days.

They became the first African country to beat Team USA in basketball, after winning 90-87 on Sunday, before seeing off No.4 ranked Argentina 94-71 in their second game on Monday.

They were however unlucky against Australia, ranked No. in the world, losing 108-69 on Wednesday.

Speaking with our correspond­ent, Gadzama who won gold in the 4x400m event at the Sydney Games, also listed ese Brume and Tobi Amusan as the country’s other medal hopefuls.

“I believe basketball demonstrat­ed early signs of winning a medal, followed by athletics.

“ese Brume got a chance to win a medal and it depends on her current form. Amosun in 100m hurdles is another prospect if she is in the same form that she was during the Olympics trials,” Gadzama told The PUNCH. Also speaking on Team Nigeria’s preparatio­ns for the Olympics, the retired quarter-miller said the nation left it a little too late.

“Our preparatio­n should have started much earlier than now, but let’s see,” he added.

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