Former National Basketball Coach, Alabi Adelanwa has tipped Nigeria’s D’Tigers to qualify from its group at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games which kicks-off this Wednesday on 4th of April at Gold Coast in Australia, despite the leadership crisis rocking Nigeria Basketball Federation .
The Veteran tactician in a recent exclusive chat with Sports Day in Abeokuta, expressed confidence that the FIBA – Africa’s most rated side with its tested coaching crew as well as calibre of foreign and home based players would compete favourably alongside host Australia, Canada and New Zealand when the event dunks-off in the Gold Coast city.
The federation according to Adelanwa, has been providing the needed moral and financial support for the team to do perform well at the game” the game (Basketball) is thriving under Engr. Musa Kida leadership, the fresh election into the federation as ordered by FIBA to resolve the power tussle between kida and Tijani Umar will not be any distraction to the team, all the players are ready to go going feelers from the team’s camp”.
He expressed satisfaction with the coaching crew’s selection of both local and foreign based players for the Common Wealth Games, adding that the team would get better and blend well with every game played at the games.
His words ” I’m praying that there should not be any injury to the players, to enable them excel at the game, I have confident in the ability of the coaches to do well because they understand Basketball very well, I’m always ready to offer my technical support ,if there is need for it.
The highly respected former FIBA badged referee also assured that the Africa women champions, D’ Tigeresses would not disappoint Nigerians, when the side take on powerhouse , Argentina, Australia and Turkey in the September FIBA Women World Championship in Tenirife, Spain.
Adelanwa however called for government provision of more modern facilities and multi-purpose indoor sports-halls, a replica of the National Stadium at Surulere in Lagos and Abuja National Stadium, to make the game (Basketball) very attractive for the corporation organizationsto give the much needed financial support for Nigeria to sustain its leadership position in Africa.