Nigeria’s men’s basketball team, D’Tigers have emerged the biggest climber in the latest FIBA world ranking, moving from 25th place to 16th spot.
Having won just one game in Brazil, the team’s participation at the Rio 2016 Olympics may have contributed to the upward trend of the team in world stage.
By this Ranking, Nigeria is now the highest ranked African team, overtaking perpetual rivals Angola who incidentally also fell to the D’Tigers at last year’s Afrobasket in Tunisia while Tunisia who were however, 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.
After Nigeria and Venezuela who were the biggest climbers, 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, semi final losers at the Olympics. Serbia, France, Lithuania, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, Russia and Australia make up the top 10 countries in that order.