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Olumide Oyedeji pulls out of Nigeria’s Rio Basketball team

Legend Olumide Oyedeji has pulled out of Nigeria’s basketball team to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The players says he took the decision due to personal reason.

Oyedeji has been a member of the senior men’s Nigerian national basketball team since 1997. He contributed immensely to the national team’s participation at the FIBA Africa Nations Cup in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

He Led Nigeria to first ever AfroBasket trophy in Tunisia 2015. He won silver medals in 1997, 1999 and 2003 respectively during the FIBA Africa Nations Cup. He won the bronze medal at the 2005 FIBA Africa Championship and 2011 FIBA Africa Championship.

He has represented his home country in the All Africa Games winning bronze in 1999, 2007 and 2015, whist silver in 2003 and Gold in 2011. He played at the FIBA World Cup in 1999 and was also at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Oyedeji is the only African Player to ever featured in all major basketball tournaments on the global stage, Olympics Games, World Cup, Commonwealth Games, All Africa Games, NBA, Euro-League, Asia Championships and South America Basketball league.

He is also the first African player ever to be drafted outside America to the NBA.

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