The D'Tigers will play Uganda on Tuesday in a bid to reach the quarterfinals of the FIBA Afrobasket Championship in 2021.

Nigeria will play the third-placed team in group D for a quarter-final spot after narrowly missing out on the top spot due to a close loss to Côte d'Ivoire in their penultimate group game.
Coach Mike Brown told the team at the close of training on Monday that they should take their loss to Côte d'Ivoire as a learning experience when they face Uganda.

He instructed the players to play as a unit and stick to their gameplans against their East African opponents, who are also vying for a spot in the quarterfinals.

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“Having that experience as a group was extremely beneficial to us. Hopefully, if we win the next game, it will benefit us in the following game and beyond. I'm excited for the task, and I believe the men are as well.”

“We need to play harder for longer periods of time than we did against Côte d'Ivoire, and we need to play as a team. They got into our chests, annoyed us, and were harsh with us. It wasn't an easy game for us, and it wasn't easy for our guys”' Brown remarked
The team will be hoping to Stephen Domingo, the team's captain, to reclaim his form following a strong performance against Mali in which he scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists.
After a string of strong performances, Uzodinma Utomi and Benjamin Emelogu will also play a key part in the playoffs.

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