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Progress! Nigeria’s Men’s Basketball team & Boxer Efe Ajagba beat opponents at #Rio2016

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D’Tigers earned their first win at the 2016 Olympics Basketball Tournament by creating the biggest upset to date in the competition with a 90-76 defeat of Croatia on Saturday night.

With the victory, the African champions improved to 1-3 to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals, with Croatia dropping to 2-2.

The win ranks as Nigeria’s biggest at the world level since they surprised Greece 80-79 at the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Heading into their final group game on Monday against hosts Brazil on the back of this win can only do their confidence a world of good.

Croatia will face European rivals Lithuania and whether or not they reach the quarter-finals may be dictated by more than the result of their game.

 Efe Ajagba of Nigeria knocks out Nigel Paul of Trinidad and Tobago in the Men's Super Heavyweight (+91g) preliminaries on Day 8 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Efe Ajagba of Nigeria knocks out Nigel Paul of Trinidad and Tobago in the Men’s Super Heavyweight (+91g) preliminaries on Day 8 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Riocentro – Pavilion 6 on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Similarly, Nigeria’s sole representative in the boxing event at #Rio2016, Efe Ajagba, has qualified for the quarter-finals.

He knocked out Trinidad and Tobago’s Nigel Paul in round one of the men’s super heavyweight category to progress into the last eight.

He will now face Ivan Dychko from Kazakhstan.

According to Complete Sports, Ajagba won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and gold at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazaville.

Unfortunately, Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare was unable to qualify for the finals of the women’s 100m event after placing 3rd in her heat and a time of 11.09secs.

All hope is not lost for Okagbare as she will also compete in the women’s 200m, women’s long jump, and women’s 4X100m relay events

Okagbare won double gold  in the 100m and 200m at the Glasgow Games in 2014.

Photo Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

 

4 Comments

  1. Red

    August 14, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Naija for the win! ??????

  2. Ada

    August 14, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    See Efe’s boss walk….God please help him these Athletes have no one but YOU…..We have won medals in boxing we certainly can do it again…Go forth Efe!

  3. Ola

    August 14, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Efe will win Gold medal, he have a general potential to be world champion, after turning pro, we have millions of Efe in Nigeria, but leadership and sport management is not in proper hand. Many sports manager are only after money not the interest of the nation and sport men and women. Sport is powerful weapons of fighting poverty, and if our government and continent invest in sport, Africa will dominate sport world

  4. John

    August 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Most important: have the heart…….. And that, you certainly do, Efe. Go forth then! God bless you, and God bless Nigeria.

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