Sunday, 30 August 2015

Nigeria beat Angola 74 - 65 to win 2015 African Basketball Nations Cup

Nigeria beat Angola in Afrobasket 2015 final
Nigeria beat rivals, Angola 74 – 65, on Sunday to win the 2015 African Basketball Nations Cup claiming their first-ever continental championship.

In being crowned African champions, the Nigerians also qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Meanwhile, second-place Angola joined third- and fourth-place Tunisia and Senegal in booking their places for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs).


Angola went into the Final looking to win a 12th African title and led early on, before Nigeria's rotation made the difference as they turned the score around in the second quarter and once they took the lead, they held on to it, going up by as many as 19 points.

Nigeria's Chamberlain Oguchi was rewarded for his impressive tournament and huge individual performance in the Final by receiving the Most Valuable Player award, presented by Tissot.

The 29-year-old headlined the All-Star Five which also included his Nigeria team-mate Al-Farouq Aminu, Morais of Angola, Tunisia's Makram Ben Romdhane and Gorgui Dieng of Senegal.
"It's the best moment of my life, to be able to come here after missing the last AfroBasket, to be able to come here and do this with my brothers, it feels amazing," Oguchi said afterwards.
"I'm happy to be able to share this moment with them and for me personally, it’s just really great."

Final standings of AfroBasket 2015:
1. Nigeria
2. Angola
3. Tunisia
4. Senegal
5. Egypt
6. Algeria
7. Mali
8. Gabon
9. Cameroon
10. Cape Verde
11. Mozambique
12. Cote d'Ivoire
13. Morocco
14. Central African Republic (CAF)
15. Uganda
16. Zimbabwe

Chamberlain Oguchi
Chamberlain Oguchi named Afrobasket 2015 Most Valuable Player
Credit: FIBA

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