President Muhammadu Buhari is in a joyful mood as the country’s national basketball team, D’Tigers beat China 86-73 at the FIBA World Cup 2019.
The victory secured the 2020 Olympics booking for Nigeria.
A State House statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari praised the team’s energy and resilience that ensured Nigeria picked the Olympics ticket.
The statement said, “President Buhari congratulates the team for the energetic, resilient and skilful outing that saw them out-playing and out-pacing opponents during the tournament, assuring the team that the nation remains proud of them.
“The President commends officials and technical hands for the commitment and investments in ensuring that the D’Tigers emerged victorious with all the odds of playing against China before home fans in Guangzhou.
“As the team prepares for the Tokyo Olympics, President Buhari notes that with more dedication, training and focus, D’Tigers will surprise the world.” [PUNCH]