The Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), has dedicated D’Tigers win against Team USA and Argentina to the late veteran singer, Sound Sultan.
The singer, who was well known for his passion and love for basketball, helped develop the game in the Festac neighborhood of Lagos.
He passed away in the early hours of Sunday, July 11th, after a four-year-long battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma.
On the same day he died, the Nigerian basketball team made history by defeating the United States team 90:87 in an exhibition match before the Tokyo Olympics.
D’Tigers also defeated Argentina, the fourth-best team in the world, on Tuesday, July 12th. Shortly after the game, NBBF went to their verified Twitter page to dedicate the two historic victories to the late singer.
“We dedicate the victories against the US & Argentina to the late Olanrewaju Fasasi (Sound Sultan). You saw this day coming when Nigeria would become a dominant force in global basketball. Ironically, the day we won against Team USA was when you gave up the ghost. RIP,” the tweet read.
See the tweet below,
Sound Sultan is considered to be one of the pioneers of hip-hop music in Nigeria. For more than 20 years after starting his music career, the 44-year-old musician remained relevant in the industry until his death.
Sound Sultan’s career in the Entertainment sector started in the 1990s when he hosted shows to raise money for studio sessions.
By the end of that decade, he had won numerous local talent-hunt shows. He released his first single “Jagbajantis” in 2000, which has remained an evergreen song in Nigeria and beyond.