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Nigeria head to Olympics with nine AfroBasket 2015 champions
HOUSTON (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - Nigeria will have nine of the 12 players that reached the top of the AfroBasket 2015 podium when they run onto the hardwood to face Argentina in their first game at the Olympics.
|Nigeria's 12-player roster for Rio 2016 Olympic Games|
|Josh Akognon||Alade Aminu||Ike Diogu||Ebi Ere|
|Michael Gbinije||Ekene Ibekwe||Shane Lawal||Andy Ogide|
|Chamberlain Oguchi||Stan Okoye||Ben Uzoh||Michael Umeh|
Nigeria will not have Portland's Al Farouq Aminu, who played four years ago when D'Tigers made it through the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas and then participated in the London Games.
Aminu had been with the team in the build-up to Rio but will reportedly sit out due to insurance issues.
Nigeria will play in Group B at the Olympics.
A top four finish will be needed for Nigeria to advance to the Quarter-Finals. They will be hoping to recapture the magic that saw them capture the AfroBasket 2015 crown in Tunisia. It was their first title in the competition.
At the 2012 Olympics, the Nigerians took on fellow Africans Tunisia in the first game and won but then fell in their next four outings.
Before heading to Rio, the Africans will go up against gold medal favorites USA on Monday night in Houston, Texas, in their last warm-up game.