Al-Farouq Aminu gear­ing up for the NBA sea­son

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Two months af­ter help­ing Nige­ria clinch their firstever African Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in Tu­nisia, Al-Farouq Aminu is back in ac­tion.

As most teams opened for the up­com­ing 201516 NBA sea­son, Aminu was last week of­fi­cially in­tro­duced to his team­mates and the fans by the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers.

The 25-year-old swing­man will play for his fourth NBA team since he was a first-round pick by the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers back in 2010.

Hav­ing been a piv­otal mem­ber of the Nige­rian team at AfroBas­ket 2015 held in Tu­nisia, Aminu is hop­ing to re­main as cru­cial for the Blaz­ers this sea­son.

As well as head­lin­ing the AfroBas­ket All-Star team, the 6-foot-9 for­ward, feels that play­ing for Nige­ria has helped him in get­ting pre­pared for his new ex­pe­ri­ence with the Blaz­ers.

For the Nige­ri­anAmer­i­can whose name trans­lates to “The Chief has ar­rived”, it is all about cap­i­tal­iz­ing on his AfroBas­ket ex­pe­ri­ence and form to move on.

“I have played for my na­tional team the whole sum­mer,” he replied when asked whether he felt pre­pared for the new NBA sea­son.

“Some­times I worry I’m not get­ting enough rest, but I am in good shape. I started to learn how to take care of my body,” he said.

Su­per Ea­gles midfielder, Onazi Ogenyi was among the play­ers who trained yesterday ahead of Thurs­day’s in­ter­na­tional friendly against Congo in Bel­gium

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