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Bright Akhuetie part of Nigeria pool for Fiba World Cup qualifiers


UP big man Bright Akhuetie.

UP big man Bright Akhuetie. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Bright Akhuetie has been included in Nigeria’s national team pool for the Fiba World Cup African qualifiers.

The 15-man selection also includes former NBA players Ike Diogu and Ben Uzoh.

Akhuetie last played for the Fighting Maroons in the UAAP Season 82.

The 6-foot-7 big man was named UAAP MVP in 2018. He led UP to the finals in the same season, ending the school’s 32-year finals drought.

Nigeria, which is in Group A, begins its campaign in the qualifiers on November 26 against Cape Verde.

The D’Tigers finished 10th in a 12-team field at the Tokyo Olympics last August.

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