Nigeria’s men’s senior basketball national team, D’Tigers’ coach, Charles Nwora has admitted he is happy to have the presence of the Aminu brothers, Al-Farouq and Alade, as well as Ben Uzoh and Stanley Okoye in his squad for this upcoming FIFA World Cup fourt stage qualifiers in Lagos.
Nwora views all four as some of Nigeria’s most experienced basketball players, and believes they will make a world of difference for D’Tigers during the impending competition.
The Aminu brothers, along with Uzoh and Okoye, who are on the 12-man roster invited for this weekend’s qualifiers, last played together at the 2015 Afrobasket in Tunisia, where Nigeria won their first African title.
Nwora has just four days to prepare for the crucial qualifiers this weekend after most players could only arrive on Sunday due to club commitments.
The former Cape Verde coach is confident they will get the job done though less time to work on team chemistry.
He also thanked officials of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for making it possible to have the best available players for this window.
Nwora said his team understands the importance of this window which is to pick the World Cup tickets ahead of Senegal, Coted I’voire and Central African Republic who are closely behind Nigeria on the standings.
“It’s a business trip coming down here for the business of playing. They know it’s a crucial time not to worry about any distraction because it’s a business trip.
“I think we are ready, we are going to be ready and come our first game on the 14th, we have to defend our home.
“It’s a crucial time for every team to bring their best players to make sure that everything is left unturned.
“The main aim is to qualify for the World Cup and also when we get there to be one of the teams on the podium.
“Our captain Ik Diogu has been instrumental in making sure that some of these guys come play for Nigeria likewise Musa Adamu with the help of the federation.
“I am privileged and happy to be part of it. I give credit to all the players that have come through all the windows.
“For those that have answered the call to come play for Nigeria; I am very grateful what they have done so far. I think we have unfinished business.
“A coach will always want more time for preparation knowing that the other countries are getting ready to battle to be one of those countries to pick one of those tickets.
“The mystery part of it is that we are not going to be together for that long to worry about chemistry.
“We are just here for business, get the job done and then worry about that when we are ready to go to the World Cup,” Nwora concluded.