Nigeria climbs on Basketball’s FIBA rankings


In spite of their performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Nigeria’s D’Tigers emerged the biggest climbers in the latest Federation of International Basketball Associations, FIBA ranking.
According to the monthly ranking just released by FIBA, Nigeria emerged the biggest climbers on the ranking from 25th before the Games to 16th now, just below Venezuela, another country that improved tremendously on the table to 15 from their previous 22.
By this ranking, Nigeria is now the highest ranked African team, overtaking rivals Angola who incidentally also fell to the D’Tigers at last year’s Afrobasket in Tunisia.
The Tunisians who were not at the Olympics also gained two steps to now occupy the 21st position from 23rd, ahead of Angola who fell 8 steps from 15th to 23rd.
Serbia who lost the Olympic gold to the USA also climbed three spots from 6th to 3rd while Brazil gained two steps to now occupy the 7th spot.
The USA remain top of the Ranking and are followed by Spain, semifinal losers at the Olympics.
Serbia, France, Lithuania, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, Russia and Australia make up the top 10 countries in that order.

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