Plateau Rocks coach blames Abuja hot weather for losses
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.
Reggie Okosa in action for his club