Tunisia beat Nigeria to become FIBA AfroBasket’s new champions

D’Tigers

Nigeria's basketball team, D'tigers Ike Diogu with the ball during a match. They were beaten this evening by Tunisia

Nigeria’s basketball team, D’tigers Ike Diogu with the ball during a match. They were beaten this evening by Tunisia

Hosts Tunisia claimed their second FIBA AfroBasket title after beating Nigeria’s D’Tigers 77-65 in Saturday’s final match in Tunis.

Zied Chennoufi led the way with a team-high 19 points in winning the title.

Meanwhile, Ike Diogu sparked Senegal with a game-high 20 points but his effort was not good enough to avoid defeat for the Nigerian side who were the defending champions.

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Earlier in the day, Senegal had claimed the last spot on the podium, after seeing off Morocco 73-62 in the third-place game.

Diogu was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), headlining the All-Star Five Awards offered by Tissot.

He was joined by Ikenna Iroegbu(Nigeria); Mohamed Hadidane (Tunisia),Mourad El Mabrouk (Tunisia) and Gorgui Dieng(Senegal).