Nigeria’s men basketball team, D'Tigers will not be going to the 2019 FIBA World Cup with an unbeaten record but they can take solace they are top African team heading to China.

D’Tigers qualified as the number one team in Group F and also Africa despite their last game's defeat to Senegal by 63 to 84 points.

Irrespective of the defeat which was Nigeria's second during the last window, the team still finished top in group F as well as in Africa.

In his post-match reaction, Coach Alex Nwora said the team would have loved to finish the qualifiers on a high with a win, but it did not go as expected.

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"I know for sure that it's not what we expected. We came here to remain undefeated but as God will have it,  we did not achieve that goal but we still finished top because of the previous window. We just had problems scoring and we also did not defend well, but I am proud of the guys."With the absence of some key members of the team coupled with the limited time frame for preparation, Nwora reckoned that it was likely to be a tough journey.

"Our scorers were unable to make it. We just had to get the guys that were available late and they gave their best.

He congratulated the team for a job well done describing it as mission accomplished after emerging as the winner of the African series.

Nigeria will be berthing in China as the winner of the FIBA World Cup African qualifiers zone with a superior points difference of +268 as against Tunisia had +264 in Group E.

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