By Johnny Edward:
Portland Trail Blazers guard, Al-Farouq Aminu says that D’Tigers are on a mission at the ongoing 2019 FIBA World Cup African qualifiers after he inspired the team to an 84-73 win against a determined Cote d’Ivoire team in their Group F opener on Friday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Aminu scored 11 points, provided four assists and made one block as D’Tigers extended their winning streak to seven games in the qualifiers.
“We are doing this for the name (Nigeria) in front of our jerseys. We want to make our families proud,” Aminu told the media after the game.
“If we lose, you won’t remember who I am. At the end of the day, you have to learn how to win games. We just are still putting the number thing on our agenda, which is winning.”
D’Tigers will face Central African Republic today (Saturday). The central Africans who lost 66-65 to Mali desperately need to win in order to keep their World Cup aspirations alive.
D’Tigers have defeated the Central African Republic in all their ten meetings dating back to the 1992 edition of the FIBA AfroBasket.