2017 AfroBasket: NBBF calls up 14 home-based players

Ahead of the forthcoming 2017 Men’s AfroBasket tournament, the Nigerian Basketball Federation have invited 14 home-based players to camp.

The players were picked from different clubs from the Kwese Premier Basketball League to camp ahead of the AfroBasket competition scheduled to hold between September 8 to September 16 this year in Senegal and Tunisia.

According to reports, the invited players are to report to camp on Wednessday as instructed by the Secretary General of the NBBF Chimezie Asiegbu.

Three players from Kano Pillars, two from Gombe Bulls and two players from Mark Mentors make up the 14-man shortlist invited by the NBBF.

Gombe Bulls coach AbdulRahaman Mohammed and Kwara Falcons’ Adewunmi Aderemi, both of whom double as assistant coach of the D’Tigers, will oversee training in camp pending the arrival of new coach Alex Nwora.

The Secretary General, Asiegbu revealed that the foreign-based D’Tigers are expected to camp in the United States.

However, Olympic star Benjamin Uzoh and Okapi Aalstar have excused themselves from camping, turning down their chances of playing for Nigeria at the AfroBasket tournament.

The D’Tigers are reigning champions of the competition having lifted the trophy for the first time ever at the 2015 edition.

The Invited Players

Abdul Yahaya – Kano Pillars

Dike Azuoma – Kano Pillars

Eli Abraham – Kano Pillars

Onyeka Okeke – Gombe Bulls

Yakubu Sylvanus – Gombe Bulls

Victor Anthony – Rivers Hoopers

 Musa Usman – Mark Mentors

Echoibi Victor – Mark Mentors

Timothy Mudiaga – Hoops & Read

Joel Ejigba – Defenders

David Godwin – Kwara Falcons

Mojuba Oyeleye – Kwara Falcons

Daalu Egbejiogwu – Raptors Academy/Lagos City Stars

 Ibrahim Olajuwon – Lagos Warriors


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