Nigeria’s senior male basketball team, D’Tigers began their quest to qualify for the 2023 FIBA World Cup with a loss to Cape Verde.
They lost 79-71 to the island nation in a keenly contested affair which was decided in the fouth quarter.
Both teams sized each other up for most of the game but the D’Tigers failed to replicate their efforts in the previous quarters as Cape Verde won the fourth quarter by 12 points.
Almeida and Correia combined to give Cape Verde 29 points while captain Ike Diogu and Kenneth Omeorah scored 26 points.
Nigeria will take on Mali and Uganda in their next two matches as they look to qualify into the next round of qualification.