2017 AfroBasket: Nigeria v Senegal a semi-final of Favorites

2017 AfroBasket: Nigeria v Senegal a semi-final of Favorites

If Ivory Coast and Cameroon were tough, playing five-time Champions Senegal could be the game that decides the 2017 AfroBasket winner – like it did in 2015.

Senegal aren’t just another competitor, they have been one of the most consistent teams on the continent in the last decade and along with holders Nigeria are a strong favorite in Tunis.

The Lions have not lost a game so far en route the semis and command a roster with depth and experience.


Head Coach Porfirio Fisac ​​de Diego recalled six players from the 2015 roster; three of whom have been consistent starters for the Lions.

The Spaniard himself cut from the cloth of a champions and with the drive to win. His philosophy has truly been zeroed on winning in 2017.

Against Angola on Thursday night, Coach Porfirio proved that he could rely on players coming off the bench to give top performances just as much as the regulars Gorgui Dieng (9 PTS, 8 REBS) and Mouhammad Faye (9 PTS, 6 REBS).

In defence, they’ve kept it basic but with the discipline to ensure very little room is afforded any opponent to hit their stride.

On paper they present a major threat as they do in actual game situation and this is a reality D’Tigers Coach Alex Nwora knows all to well.

His team have been equally entertaining at this championship and after pulling their biggest; and the championships biggest points tally in a single game, he’d wish the trio of Ike Diogu, Ikechukwu Nwamu and Bryant Mbamalu keep the switch turned up.

Who do you think will win?

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