The captain of Nigeria male senior basketball team, Chimezie Metu has denied making comments in a quote attributed to him by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).
Nigeria is the host of 2023 FIBA Africa Basketball Pre-Olympics qualifying tournament which dunks off 14th August and slated to hold in Lagos. The NBBF in an efforts to encourage spectators to troop to the court side and give the needed home supports to D’Tigers quoted the team captain seeking Nigerians supports as they engage Senegal on 14th August.
The NBBF via its social media wrote; “I am Chimezie Metu, an NBA basketball player with Phoenix Sons and also a member of male basketball team D’Tigers. In a couple of days, some preys will be coming to our territory to try to clinch the Olympics ticket from us.
“We take this as an affront and call on your court side supports to unleash D’Tigers on them. With your support and cheer, we no say dem no reach. We will be looking forward to seeing you by the court side on 14th August and all other days of the game.”
Denying the quote credited to him by the federation, Metu said “I did not say any of that.”
D’Tigers who are in Group A will face Senegal, Mali and Uganda in the group stage while Group B consist of DR Congo, Cameroon, Tunisia and Guinea. Only the winners of the tournament will pick the ticket to the 2024 Olympics in France.