Fall, Oyedeji, say D’Tigers will ex­cel at Rio Olympics

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee @shagcy

Nige­ria’s se­nior male na­tional bas­ket­ball team cap­tain Olu­mide Oyedeji and NBA Vice Pres­i­dent Africa, Amadou Fall have ex­pressed con­fi­dence in the abil­ity of the Nige­rian team to ex­cel at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Speak­ing at the end of the Power For­ward Sea­son 2 in Abuja, Oyedeji, who led the Nige­rian team to the 205 Afrobas­ket tri­umph last month, said he was sure D’Tigers would sur­pass their maiden out­ing at the qua­dren­nial sports event in Lon­don 2010.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the team will re-en­act its per­for­mance at the 2015 Afrobas­ket to en­sure that Nige­ria sur­pass her per­for­mance at Lon­don 2010 Olympic Games.

“If you have the best coach and play­ers and there is no team work you are bound to fail, so at Afrobas­ket last month we came to­gether and that is why we were cham­pi­ons. So in Rio, we are go into reen­act that to en­sure that Nige­ria sur­pass he out­ing in Lon­don 2010 Olympic Games,” Oyedeji said.

On his part, Amadou Gallo Fall, said he al­ways be­lieves that any time Nige­ria put her act to­gether in terms of hav­ing the right peo­ple to man­age her sports sec­tor, the coun­try would be a force to reckon with in global sports.

“I al­ways be­lieve that if Nige­ria put he acts to­gether in terms of hav­ing the right per­son­nel to to man­age her spots, the coun­try’s sports will be great be­cause there are tal­ents there. So, I am not sur­prised that the na­tional bas­ket­ball team won Afrobas­ket 2015,” Fall said.

He added that with the re­sound­ing vic­tory at the 201 Afrobas­ket last month, he was op­ti­mistic that D’Tigers will be a good rep­re­sen­ta­tive for African con­ti­nent at the 016 Olympic Games to be held I Rio de Janeiro.

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