Despite already sealing qualification for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, D’Tigers coach, Alex Nwora is determined to end the qualifing campaign on a high note.
Having recorded 9 straight wins so far to become the first country in the world to qualify for the World cup in China, Nwora is ready to lead the team out to represent Nigeria the best way they can.
Players such as Al Farouq Aminu, Stanley Okoye, Obinna Emegano, Ike Nwamu and Christopher Obekpa will be absent, but Nwora said the team has gotten worthy replacements.
“Since we don’t have all the players who took part in the last window who are familiar with the National team, we are still able to bring a couple of new players who have not played before to fill in the void.”
Nwora has continued to enjoy a career as D’Tigers coach with just 2 losses in all competitive games (against Congo Democratic Republic and Tunisia) since taking charge in 2017.
For him, keeping the flag flying and retaining the number one spot in Africa is the ultimate goal.
The 2017 Afrobasket silver winning coach said the team will once again rely on some experienced members when they start their final round of games on Friday against host- Cote d’Ivoire at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Palais des Sports stadium.
“I am fortunate to still have players like Ike Diogu, Deji Akindele, Ike Iroegbu and a couple of players who know my system and coaching philosophy which is giving your best to the great country Nigeria.
“We just have to make sure that when the light is on, we give it everything we have and show that we are the dominant team in Africa,” he added.
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