Plateau Rocks coach blames Abuja hot weather for losses

Daily Trust - - SPORT - From Has­san Ibrahim, Jos

Coach Alex Guwan of Plateau Rocks has blamed his team’s two con­sec­u­tive losses in the first phase of the Zenith Bank Women Bas­ket­ball League in Abuja on hot weather.

Guwan told the news­men in Jos that his play­ers would have done bet­ter if not for the in­tense heat in the Nige­rian cap­i­tal city of Abuja where the league matches were played.

He said that the team ar­rived Abuja in good form and started on a sound note by win­ning against Cus­toms of La­gos 35-32 points in their first match but things turned sour as the acute heat did not give the play­ers room to op­er­ate to their full po­ten­tials.

“You know Jos weather is not as hot as that of Abuja, and that has weak­ened our girls. Be­side the weather we have some in­jury con­cerns that we are cur­rently bat­tling with. All these ac­counted to why we lost to FCT Abuja by 45-60 points on Sun­day evening and we again lost to Dol­phins of La­gos 48-79 on Mon­day morn­ing,” Guwan said.

The coach, how­ever, said that the heat and in­juries notwith­stand­ing, Plateau Rocks bounced back and claimed some vi­tal vic­to­ries, adding, “We over­came the heat and we won AHIP of Kano 32-18 and Coal City of Enugu 41-20 in the other game.

The first phase of the tour­na­ment has ended and we hope to boost our chances of play­ing in the sec­ond phase in Ilorin and sub­se­quently qual­ify for the last eight in La­gos,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the stakes are very high for the team to qual­ify for the last eight as they did last year.

“For the first time we qual­i­fied for the last eight and came sixth in the fi­nals last year, we will shrug off the set­back as we hope to do bet­ter than last year’s feat,” he said.

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