Nigeria’s Veteran Basketball Coach, Alabi Adelanwa is confident of the D.Tigress’ chances of picking a qualification ticket to represent Africa at the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) 2018 Women World Cup in Spain.
The former national team handler in a recent chat with SportsDay at the Alake Sports Centre in Ijeja, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, tipped the country’s female senior side to scale through Group-B of the forthcoming Women AFROBASKET Championship in Mali, where the team will battle for a place against the defending champions, Senegal, Eqypt, Guinea and Mozambique .
He described the invitation of the 17 foreign based players camping in Florida, United States and their 12 home based counter-part in Lagos, Nigeria, as a welcome development ahead of the FIBA- African competition which will dunk-off on August 18, 2017 in Bamako, capital city of Mali.
According to him, “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 Keda led Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) would motivate the players to do well at the championship because the crop of members in the 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”.
The D’Tigress lost narrowly the opportunity to represent Africa at the Rio, 2016 Olympic in Brazil after the defeat by the last edition host Cameoroun in the semi-final of the Women FIBA -Africa competition.