Nigeria men’s basketball team beat world number four, Argentina 94-71 to further show that their win against the USA was not a fluke.
Nigeria’s national team is the only African team to qualify for the Olympics and may be the only representative at the Tokyo Olympics.
It was another night of history for Nigeria basketball, as the team recorded a second win over two top five nation in the world during an exhibition game ahead of the Tokyo Olympic games.
Just two days ago, Nigeria defeated the World’s No. 1 Basketball Team, Team USA 90-87 on in an exhibition game.
In continuation of their preparation for the Olympics, Nigeria, also in Las Vegas on Monday, July 13, beat the World’s Fourth Best Basketball Team, Argentina 94-71, to make it 2 in 2 in the Exhibition game in Las Vegas.
Nigeria became the first African Basketball team to beat USA ever.
America is ranked no 1 while Nigeria is ranked 22nd. It was 87-90 victory for the Nigerian Basketball team in a pre Olympic Exhibition game. The USA team had Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum and Bam Adebayo.
The win is Africa’s biggest win in HISTORY over Team USA.
USA defeated Nigeria 156-73 to set the record for the Biggest Win in a Basketball match at the Olympics in 2012.
The USA team consists of 15 of 30 best players in the NBA and they have lost twice in the exhibitions to Nigeria and Australia.
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN attracted the attention of Africa basketball lovers as he aggravated the anger of the Nigerian and African basket fans with the derogatoty /racism comment he made on the Nigeria players after beating the World No.1 team. Smith ‘ridiculed’ the pronunciation of the Nigeria players names “however the hell you pronounce his name”…after trying mispronouncing the name on First Take, a program on ESPN. He’s reminded by fans that he is black and should never make fun of Africa names.
Is this really a mistake or just being intentional?
Many are not accepting this as mistake of mispronounciation, siting how the media have succeeded in changing the name of Nigerian heritage Milwaukee Bucks player, Giannis from Adetokunbo to Antetokounmpo. Though, he is of Nigeria heritage but history will remember his name as Giannis Antetokounmpo.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Nelson Mandela once famously said, “The world will not respect Africa until Nigeria earns that respect. The Black people of the world need Nigeria to be great as a source of pride and confidence.”
Could this be the time Nigeria earn that respect through basketball as they represent Africa in Tokyo?
“Maybe they can now learn how to pronounce our NAMES“. That’s the message trending on social media platforms by the fans of Africa basketball.
Nigeria will continue their preparation with a game against Australia on Tuesday.