Nigeria’s ’Tigers started the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifier on a losing note after Cape Verde recorded a 79-71 victory over the former African champions.
D’Tigers led by Ike Diogu started the game on a right foot leading the Cape Verde national team 20-18 in the first quarter before narrowly losing the second quarter 16-15.
The 2015 African champions came back stronger in the third round with three points win (20-17) only to slip and lost gallantly in the last round 28-16 giving away the opportunity to record a win in the opener.
The team which was assembled on Monday under new coach, Julius Nwosu need to step up their game.
They will face Mali on Tuesday at 10:00 am in their second match of the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifier.