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Bright Akhuetie to take part in Nigeria pool for FIBA World Cup qualifiers

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Former University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroon star Bright Akhuetie has been selected to take part in the Nigerian team pool for the upcoming 2023 FIBA World Cup African qualifiers.

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

Akhuetie last played in UAAP Season 82, where he helped UP clinch the twice-to-beat advantage with an averages of 14.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 steals.

T6-foot-8 big man, who also led UP to its first Final Four appearance since 1997, became the first Fighting Maroon to be crowned as MVP since fellow center Benjie Paras in 1986.

Akhuetie went back to Nigeria after the UAAP Season 83 was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was supposed to suit up on his last playing year.

Nigeria will be coached by former PBA import Julius Nwosu, who led Red Bull to the 2002 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title.

Nigeria and 16 other teams will be fighting for a chance to compete in the 2023 FIBA World Cup starting from November 2022 to February 2023.

Only five teams in the African region will enter the world meet.