A board member of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Agboola Pinheiro has declared that the country’s national team, D’Tigers coach, Williams Voigt will take the team to Rio 2016.
Voigt was employed by the federation after the team qualified for the 2015 African Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) in Tunisia, where he led Nigeria to a first ever conquest of the continent.
After the historic victory, nothing has been heard about the foreign coach and the national team was led to the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville by indigenous coaches, Sani Ahmed and his assistant, Lateef Erinfolami.
Despite Voigt’s absence from the AAG, Pinheiro insists the coach is still employed by Nigeria and has a contract with the NBBF, to the effect that he would lead D’Tigers to Rio.
Voigt was head coach/general manager of Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League from August 2009 to July 2014, during which he won more games than any other in the D-League and his team were regular season champions in 2012-13.
He also trained two of Nigeria’s standout players, Alade Aminu and Ike Diogu, in the NBA D-League and assisted in Summer Basketball Camps organised by Masai Ujiri in Zaria and Lagos between 2004 and 2008.
Pinheiro said: “The contract we have with Voigt is if we win the championship he will take them to the Olympic, we are going to keep our promise.”