AfroBasket qualifiers: D’Tigers coach blames funding for poor outing


Head coach of Nigeria’s senior male basketball team, Mohamed Abdulrahman, has blamed poor funding for his side’s underwhelming performance at the recently concluded 2025 FIBA AfroBasket qualifiers in Monastir, Tunisia.

The 2015 African champions had initially withdrawn from the AfroBasket qualifiers window due to the inability of the Ministry of Sports to provide the federation with the needed funds for the qualifiers but a late intervention from the ministry meant the team arrived in Tunisia on the day of the qualifiers and took to the court without much rest.

Following a disorderly build-up to Window 1 of the qualifiers in Tunisia, D’Tigers lost all their three games starting with a defeat against Libya in their opening game.

They further suffered defeats to Uganda and Cape Verde to end the qualifiers without a win.

Speaking on their uninspiring display in Tunisia, Abdulrahman blamed poor preparations due to lack of funding.

“If we get our acts together and have the necessary support in terms of funding and everything and we will prepare much earlier, we are going to be fine,” he said.

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