Nigerian veteran basketball coach, Alabi Adelanwa is confident that the female national team, D’Tigress have bright chances of picking a qualification ticket to represent Africa at the 2018 Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) Women World Cup in Spain.
The former national team handler stated in a chat with SportsDay at Alake Sports Centre, Ijeja, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, that the country’s senior side will scale through Group-B of the forthcoming Women AfroBasket Championship in Mali.
Adelanwa assured that Nigeria will emerge successful in Bamako, where the team will battle for a place against the defending champions, Senegal, Egypt, Guinea and Mozambique.
He described the invitation of the 17 foreign-based players camping in Florida, United States and 12 home-based in Lagos as a welcome development ahead of the FIBA-Africa competition, which dunks-off on August 18 in Bamako, capital city of Mali.
“The players are physically fit and technically sound, they are professionals who train regularly on their own and play for their respective clubs.
“The players will be working with the best of technically and tactically sound coaching crew in the national team, so there is no cause for alarm, the team will qualify from the group when the competition starts on August 18,” he declared.
Adelanwa, who owns Royal Basketball Academy, assured that the Alhaji Musa KIda led Nigeria Basketball Federation(NBBF) will motivate the players to do well at the championship.
“I am sure the NBBF know how to motivate the players, because the crop of new board understood the game inside out.
“The present NBBF members speak the language of basketball and know what it takes to run the federation, having played the game themselves,” he enthused.
D’Tigress lost narrowly the opportunity to represent Africa at the Rio,2016 Olympic in Brazil after the defeat by the last edition host Cameroun in the semi-final of the Women FIBA -Africa competition.