Nwora leads D’Tigers to 2017 Afrobas­ket

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Mansur Abubakar

Former Cape Verde na­tional team coach Alex Nwora will be lead­ing African cham­pi­ons Nige­ria to this year’s afro bas­ket­ball championship will be co-hosted by Tu­nisia and Sene­gal from Septem­ber 8 to Septem­ber 16.

The in­for­ma­tion was re­leased yes­ter­day via the twit­ter han­dle of Nige­rian Bas­ket­ball (@Nige­ri­aBas­ket) which nor­mally car­ries the lat­est news from the world of the sport es­pe­cially as it re­lates to Nige­ria.

The fu­ture of coach Will Voight who in­spired Nige­ria to the 2015 edi­tion of the tour­na­ment in Gabon re­mains un­clear as there have been spec­u­la­tions that the Amer­i­can hasn’t been happy with the way the sport is treated with lax­ity in Nige­ria.

Former in­ter­na­tional player Nwora, for many years resided in the United States of Amer­ica, where he played pro­fes­sion­ally for some of the big­gest sides in the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) be­fore his foray into coach­ing.

Mean­while, D’Tigers for­ward Stan Okoye is op­ti­mistic about the chances of D’Tigers qual­i­fy­ing for the 2019 FIBA Bas­ket­ball World Cup billed for China

The reign­ing Afrobas­ket cham­pi­ons were drawn in Group along with Mali, Uganda and Rwanda for the qual­i­fiers sched­uled to hold in China from 31st Au­gust to the 15th of Septem­ber 2017.

Okoye who last fea­tured for Ital­ian team, Amici Pal­la­cane­stro Udi­nese in the Serie A2, says the real test for D’Tigers will come in the elim­i­na­tion round.

“I saw [the draw] and I think the pool that we are in is good for us as far as seed­ing,” the 26-year-old noted.

“But we won’t face a real chal­lenge un­til the ac­tual elim­i­na­tion round which I’m not sure is the best for us, but we will suc­ceed ei­ther way,” he said.

D'Tigers in­spi­ra­tional player, Cham­ber­lain Oguchi in ac­tion against USA. He was the MVP at the 2015 Afrobas­ket in Tu­nisia

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