Nigeria’s men’s senior basketball national team, D’Tigers’ coach, Alex Nwora has promised that he will work on the poor scoring abilities of his players, as he says they will get better before the FIBA World Cup in China.
Nwora admitted that his players showed poor shooting acumen during the last phase of the qualifiers in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire last weekend, but took consolation from the fact that the team had already qualified.
Haven already gained a nine-match unbeaten run, and excelled in three previous phases of the qualifiers, D’Tigers’ losses to Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal did not matter over the past weekend, but Nwora admits they will have to step up their efforts in order to stand any chance in China.
Interestingly, D’Tigers remain number one in Africa, haven topped the qualifiers already in Lagos when they inflicted a 28-point defeat on the Senegalese.
Nigeria now head to China with a superior points difference of +268 as against Tunisia’s +264 in Group E, much to the delight of Nwora, who said the team would have loved to finish the qualifiers unbeaten, but consoled himself with the task of preparing better for the World Cup.
Nwora said: “We came here to remain undefeated. We did not achieve that goal but we still finished top because of the previous window.
“Our scorers were unable to make it. We just had to get the guys that were available late and they gave their best.
“We just had problems scoring and we also did not defend well, but I am proud of the guys. I am proud that we are still number one in Africa.”