Nigeria men win inaugural FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup, as women finish 2nd
Nigeria has emerged the inaugural champions in the men’s category of the 2017 FIBA3x3 Africa Cup beating Cote d’ Ivoire in the final game by 21 to 9 points.
The Nigerian team led by Azuoma Dike left no one in doubt in the encounter after dispatching Egypt 21-14 points in the semi-finals and were unstoppable in the final as Abdul Yahaya who scored a total of 39 points in five games left the Ivoriens confused.
Godwin David and Lucky Subel also gave a good account of themselves to ensure victory for Nigeria in the finals.
It was double honor for Nigeria as Dike was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament while being named in the competition’s top three players that included Tisiane Traore of Cote d’ Ivoire and Elly Randriamampionona of Madagascar.
Mali proved too powerful for the D’Tigress in the final as they emerged 12-11points winner in a keenly contested game.
Despite settling for the Silver medal, Nigeria’s Nkechi Akashili was part of the top 3 players alongside Mali’s Nassira Traore and Jamla Nasikombi of Uganda.