‘Players Availability Is A Big Challenge’, D’Tigers Boss, Nwora Notes

Hopes that would be settled so team chemistry can be worked on

D'Tigers Head coach, Alex Nwora wants to keep up the good work. | Nigeria Basketball Federation media

Head coach of the Nigerian men’s senior basketball team, Alex Nwora says with persistent hardwork, his team have a good chance of qualifying for the FIBA 2019 world cup in China.

Nwora speaks after D’Tigers lost to top basketball playing nation, the USA, 93-78 at the weekend, in the final of the PEAK International Invitational Tournament in China tagged “Atlas Challenge”.

Alex Nwora’s team impressed in far away China. | Nigeria Basketball Federation media

The tournament gives Nwora an opportunity to prepare the team ahead of the all important 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers to be hosted again in Lagos.

“We have a very good chance, but nothing is cast on stone yet. It takes hardwork. It has taken us hardwork to get to this point. The more you work, the more confident you’d become.

Trainer not looking to cut corners. | Nigeria Basketball Federation media

“If we keep doing what we are doing and keep pushing forward, the odds favour us. If we keep doing everything that we are supposed to do, without cutting corners (we’d get favourable results).

“So, I think with the progression, the way they are going and their vision, we have a very good chance.”


Despite amassing maximum points from 6 games and sitting comfortably atop group F, Nwora highlights availability of players as one of the biggest challenges ahead of the games against Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Central Africa Republic.

“We still have to get stronger, as a team, our unit rotation; also availability (of players).  So that’s the biggest problem right now. I hope we find a way to fix that. Because of contract issue, NBA summer league, injuries, stuff that you cannot control.

D’Tigers testing their might against some of the finest in the world | Nigeria Basketball Federation media

“Once all that is settled, we can assemble the best team and have enough preparation time to give us a chance to build up some team chemistry.

“That would be huge for us,” the former coach of Cape Verde men’s senior basketball team submits.


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