D’Tigers Star Confident Of Victory Against Spain

By Oladimeji Loko in Rio:

D'Tigers Olympics campaign may be nearing an end having lost their opening two games but the Nigerian's are determined to go out on a high even if a victory against their next opponents, Spain, will be meaningless in securing a berth in the next round.

On Thursday night at the Carioca Arena, Ike Diogu will lead out his team and attempt to end the two-game losing streak against a Spanish side which has also been winless. 

Josh Akognon, 30, who spoke on behalf to the team assures that he and his teammates will try to make fewer mistakes against the Europeans.

"They are going to be on their game as well, we are both zero-and-two,  so we are both kind of fighting for our lives right now.

"We are going to come out with even more intensity against them and we are going to learn from our mistakes this time," Akognon, who now plays pro basketball in Italy for Dinnamo Sassari, told Completesportsnigeria.com here in Rio on Wednesday.

The former NBA player fingered pressure as the reason for the loss against Lithuania on Tuesday night and insists the team will work against that when the face Spain.

"We came out in the second half and just kept pressing the point and when we lost that five-point lead we started scrambling, taking quick shots and it all went bad." 

Against Spain who have also been struggling at these games, Nigeria's luck may turn, and with Croatia and Brazil still lurking as subsequent group opponents,who knows.

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