An assistant coach in Nigeria’s men’s national basketball team, D’Tigers, AbdulrahmanMohammed has has declared that the squad can do well at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Abdulrahman said he is optimistic about D’Tigers’ chances of having a good tournament despite describing their pool with Australia, Canada and New Zealand as ‘Group of Death.’
Abdulrahmanfurther said the home based players in camp are already giving a good account of themselves in training and should be ready to face their opponents at the games.
He noted that, having faced these teams in previous editions of the Games, the Nigerian players are pretty aware of what to expect and says they all know the threat each country will pose to them.
The head coach of Gombe Bulls also pointed out that, since the competition is not on the FIBA calendar, most players in the NBA and leagues across Europe will not be released for the competition.
He believes that factor will help Nigeria, which will parade a team dominated by players from the local scene, the needed edge when they meet all these depleted oppositions.