Follow FIBA on Facebook

06 - 21
August 2016
5 Michael UMEH (Nigeria); 14 Alade AMINU (Nigeria)
to read

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.

The three players that did not feature last year but are now on the roster are Josh Akognon, Ebi Ere and Ekene Ibekwe.

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.

His brother, Alade Aminu, will suit up for Nigeria at a second straight Olympics as will Chamberlain 'Champ' Oguchi, the Most Valuable Player of last year's tournament and a 2012 Olympian.

Nigeria will play in Group B at the Olympics.

In addition to going up against Argentina, they will face hosts Brazil, Croatia, Lithuania and Spain.

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.