Ahead of the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has employed Otis Hughley, as coach of the national women’s team, D’Tigress.
Hughley’s appointment follows the sack of Sam Vincent, who was booted out not because of poor results but for some unprofessional conducts according to the federation.
African champions, D’Tigress are currently camping in Tenerife in Spain ahead of the global showpiece, where they will face Australia, Argentina and Turkey in Group B.
NBBF says the appointment of Hughley, who is the “most immediate available option”, was “a proactive step in the interest of the team who are preparing for the World Cup.”
“We needed to fill the vacuum immediately and continue our preparation for Spain.
“For many, parting ways with Vincent at this time was not a good decision, but it was a difficult decision we had to take in the overall and long term interest of the team.
“We still have about 50 days to train and get ready for the competition and we are confident that the time frame will be enough for any good coach to train and shape a team into a strong contender,” said NBBF President, Musa Kida.
American Hughley previously led Mobile’s LeFlore High School, Alabama, USA to six state tournaments and one state title before getting hired as an assistant coach by the Sacramento Kings in the NBA, before the D’Tigress job, for which he will be assisted by Peter Ahmedu and Shola Shomala.
The 2018 FIBA World Cup will hold in Spain from September 22 to September 30.
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