I’Coast beat Nigeria in FIBA W’Cup qualifier


Ebenezer Bajela
Ivory Coast maintain their impressive run in the 2023 FIBA World Cup African qualifiers beating the Nigeria national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, 78-66 in their Group E match at Palais des Sports de Treichville on Friday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
D’Tigers continued their trend of poor starts as they have lost the opening game in each of the three last qualifying windows in the African qualifiers.
Mike Brown’s men headed into the series of games in Ivory Coast with the crisis in Nigeria basketball finally put to bed.
With the head coach, Brown, not with the team in Abidjan, Mfon Udofia stood in for the Sacramento Kings head coach.
D’Tigers lost their first game of the first window to eventual group leaders Cape Verde 79-71, and also lost their first game of the second window 79-70 to the same opposition to finish with two wins from four games.
But things didn’t get better for Brown’s men at Palais des Sports de Treichville on Friday as the home side dominated the game from the beginning to the end.
Ivory Coast came into this game on the back of a 65-56 win over Guinea in their last game while Nigeria sit in fifth place on the group table with only six points having won two and lost two out of four games. They went into the game on the back of a 91-72 win over Uganda in their last outing.