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2020 Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers suffer second consecutive defeat, lose 92-99 to Germany

D’Tigers on Wednesday lost their second Group B match in the men’s basketball event of the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics. #connectleynews

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Nigeria’s senior male basketball team, the D’Tigers, on Wednesday lost their second Group B match in the men’s basketball event of the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The D’Tigers fell apart in the fourth quarter of their second game at the Tokyo Olympics to lose 92–99 to Germany.

Coming from a disappointing loss to Australia, D’Tigers secured the first basket via Miami Heat point-guard, Gabe Vincent.

They went on to accumulate most of their points via three-pointers, an improvement from the performance in their first game.

Germany, also having suffered a first match loss to Italy, made it an end-to-end game inspired by Orlando Magic’s Moritz Wagner and Danilo Barthel.

Both teams were tied at half-time (50-50) and at the end of the third quarter (74-74) making it a frantic fourth quarter where Germany took the game beyond Nigeria.

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Nigeria at some point in the game led with as much as twelve points but didn’t do enough defensively, giving away fouls the Germans easily converted from the free-throw line.

Johnannes Voigtmann scored 19 points, and Germany used a 14-0 run in the final minutes to pull away and beat Nigeria 99-92.

Moritz Wagner scored 17 points, while Danilo Barthel scored 14, Maodo Lo had 13 and Andreas Obst finished with 12 for Germany (1-1).

Barthel was subbed in after Wagner got his fourth foul late in the third quarter — and he made a big impact.

He was 4 for 4 from the field in the final period, including the basket that started the 14-0 run which broke an 81-81 tie and put the Germans on top for good.

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Jordan Nwora scored 33 points for Nigeria (0-2), while Miye Oni scored 15. Nigeria made 17 three-pointers, but were outscored 19-7 from the foul line.

Each team let double-digit leads slide.

Germany started the game on a 22-12 run; Nigeria responded with a 15-2 burst to take a 27-24 lead early in the second quarter.

And then it was Nigeria’s turn to grab and cede control.

A 16-5 run to open the second half put the D’Tigers up 11, but Niels Giffey’s three-pointer rattled in as the third-quarter horn sounded and sent the teams into the final period tied at 74.

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The lead changed hands five times in the opening minutes of the final quarter, before Germany put together the decisive run.

They ended up taking a big step towards qualifying for next week’s knockout stage.

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Both teams will finish their round-robin Group B schedule on Saturday.

Nigeria will face Italy on Saturday as their chances of qualifying for the next round now hang in the balance, while Germany take on Australia.

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CAF officially strips Guinea of AFCON 2025 hosting rights

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Guinea has been formally stripped of the rights to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Saturday.

This development, which has been under much speculation for some weeks, means a fresh bidding for the tournament’s hosting rights is set to be reopened on Saturday.

The rights withdrawal followed a meeting on Friday in Conakry between Guinea’s interim president, Col. Mamady Doumbouya, and CAF President Patrice Motsepe.

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The meeting had discussed the withdrawal after the west African country, among the poorest of the continent, formally said it was not ready to host the 24-nation tournament.

Guinea’s inability was due to its infrastructure and facilities not being ready to host a world-class AFCON competition.

Motsepe was accompanied during his meeting with the Guinean leader by CAF General Secretary, Véron Mosengo-Omba.

The development is expected to ginger Guinea into working towards bidding with other competing nations for the 2024 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

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The 2022 edition of CHAN is being hosted by Algeria in 2023.

The CAF Executive Committee will be meeting on Saturday in Algiers, Algeria and will take a decision to re-open the bidding process for the 2025 AFCON.

The 2023 AFCON is already scheduled to be held in Côte d’Ivoire.

(Reuters/NAN)

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Enyimba’s chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu voted first VP of NFF

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Enyimba’s chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu voted first VP of NFF

Felix Anyansi-Agwu has been elected the First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Anyansi-Agwu polled 23 votes to emerge the winner at an election held during the NFF general assembly and elective congress in Benin, Edo state.

The current chairman of Enyimba FC defeated Senator Obinna Ogba, who secured just eight votes, leaving 10 out of the 41 votes that were casted invalid.

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Ibrahim Musa Gusau earlier today emerged the new NFF president at the same congress.

Meanwhile, Enyimba has, however, congratulated its chairman on his victory in the election.

“Congratulations to our chairman, Felix Anyansi Agwu on his election as the 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation.

“Everyone at Enyimba FC felicitates with you on the great hope that your emergence as Vice President has brought for the game in the country,” the club said in a Facebook post.

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Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’, who contested unopposed, emerged as the new Chairman of all states’ FA chairmen after securing majority votes of 37 out of the 41 votes placed.

He replaces the new NFF president, Gusau, who previously held the position.

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Ibrahim Gusau elected new NFF president

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Ibrahim Gusau elected new NFF president

Ibrahim Musa Gusau has been elected as the new President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at the 79th Annual General Assembly and Elective Congress that took place in Benin, Edo state.

Gasau replaced Amaju Pinnick whose chapter as the NFF president came to an end after eight years at the helm of affairs of Nigeria football.

Pinnick led board of the NFF was officially dissolved at the congress today to usher in a new administration to take charge of Nigeria football.

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Gasau was unable to secure 21 per cent of the 44 votes that were counted as required by NFF statutes. The election then went into a rerun.

While other contestants including Seyi Akinwumi, Shehu Dikko stepped down from the election, former Nigeria international Peterside Idah refused to give in after consultation by Amaju Pinnick.

Gasau however won the rerun election with a landslide victory. He secured 39 votes out of the 41 that were counted, Idah got one while one was invalid.

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Gusau is currently chairman of the Zamfara Football Association. He is also a CAF committee member and currently sits on the NFF board as the chairman of all states’ FA chairmen.

There was uncertainty prior to the election after an Abuja Federal High Court order initially stopped the election from being conducted. But 24 hours to the election, an Appeal Court in Abuja ordered the stay of execution of the lower court injunction.

The elective congress was witnessed by CAF and FIFA officials.

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