Following their 68-80 loss against Uganda on a frigid Tuesday evening in Kigali, the D'Tigers will not participate in the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket.

After failing to finish first in their group and earning an automatic quarterfinal spot due to a loss to Cรดte d'Ivoire, all hopes were pinned on a win over Uganda to guarantee a spot in the quarterfinals.

. Africa's number one squad got off to a shaky start in the quarterfinal playoff match, failing to close down a rampaging Uganda, which blasted the lights out from the three-point line to create a 12-point lead going into the second quarter.

Uganda picked up where they left off in the second quarter, dominating Nigeria once again to lead 44-31 at halftime, as Nigeria struggled to cope with the realities on the ground.


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. The squad was unable to contain Robinson Opong, who finished the game with 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists on 6 treys from 10 tries.

Mike Brown, who was dissatisfied, said it had been an honor to contribute his quota to basketball growth in Africa through Nigeria.

He expressed concern for his children's inability to advance farther in the competition while blaming FIBA Africa for putting the team in a difficult situation by holding the competition so soon after the Olympics.


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