-Nigeria Optimistic Of Qualifying For World Cup
Former Cape Verde basketball national team coach, Alex Nwora will lead reining African champions, Nigeria’s D’Tigers to this year’s continental championship to be co-hosted by Tunisia and Senegal from September 8 to 16.
This puts into unclear light the future of D’Tigers’ winning coach of the previous competition, Will Voigt who inspired Nigeria to the 2015 edition of the tournament in Gabon.
His future remains unclear as there have been speculations that the American has not been happy with the way the sport is treated with laxity in Nigeria.
However, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) have already unveiled former international player, Nwora, who for many years resided in the United States of America.
During his stay in God’s Own Country, he played professionally for some of the biggest sides in the National Basketball Association (NBA) before his foray into coaching.
With Nwoha’s impending entry into the team’s technical saddle, D’Tigers forward, Stan Okoye is optimistic of the stand a strong chance of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup billed for China
The reigning Afrobasket champions were drawn in Group along with Mali, Uganda and Rwanda for the qualifiers scheduled to hold in China from 31st August to the 15th of September 2017.
Okoye who last featured for Italian team, Amici Pallacanestro Udinese in the Serie A2, says the real test for D’Tigers would also play in the elimination round.
“I saw the draw and I think the pool that we are in is good for us as far as seeding and it will not be a problem for us. But we won’t face a real challenge until the actual elimination round which I’m not sure is the best for us, but we will succeed either way,” he added.