The Nigeria Senior Men Basketball team, D’Tigers Monday night in Quagadougou defeated their Burkina Faso counterparts 64-87 in the first leg of the 2015 AFROBASKET/ All-African Games qualifiers between the both sides.
The Nigeria team won three of the four quarters of the game as they took a huge step in qualifying for the tournaments billed for Tunisia and Congo Brazzaville respectively.
D’Tigers won the first quarter of Monday’s game by a slim margin 19-22, but they doubled up and extended the margin in the second quarter which ended 09-24 also in favour of Nigeria.
However the hosts did try to turn the tables in the third quarter which they won 23-19 before the D’Tigers killed off the game in the fourth quarter 13-22.
Speaking from Quagadougou on Tuesday morning, Patrick Omorodion, the Media officer for the Nigeria Senior Men Basketball team said despite the victory recorded by the Nigeria team much work still needs to be done.
“Yes we won, but the NBBF President Tijani Umar is not too impressed as he expected a wider margin of victory,” he noted that more work still needs to be done particularly in the defense of the team. Mr Omorodion said on radio on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria team is expected back in the country later on Tuesday and they are expected to immediately jet out to South Africa where they will be participating in an invitational tournament.
The second-leg between Nigeria and Burkina Faso is scheduled to come up on Wednesday, March 25 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos.