The Nigeria Basketball Federation on Wednesday announced the appointment of U.S.-based Nigerian, Alex Nwora, as the new coach of the National Basketball Team, the D’Tigers.
Nwora will be assisted by Kwara Falcons head coach, Aderemi Adewunmi and Gombe Bulls Abdulrahman Mohammed.
Both Adewunmi and Muhammed had guided their teams to the top of the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences of the NBBF.
The coach will be in charge of the team as they prepare for the 2017 Men’s Afrobasket tournament to be hosted by Senegal and Tunisia from Sept. 8 to Sept. 18.
NBBF’s President, Musa Kida, said that Nwora was made D’Tigers coach to give Nigerians the opportunity of making history with the national teams.
It would be recalled that the coach had tutored Cape Verde in the 2013 edition of the Afrobasket Championship held in Cote d’Ívoire, where the island nation defeated D’Tigers 79-76.
“There is no point giving our national team jobs to expatriates when we have Nigerians all over the world who are qualified to get the job done,” he said.
The NBBF president added that the senior men’s national team would start training on Aug. 12 ahead of the championship.
“We started this project with the D’Tigress with the appointment of Sam Vincent, Mfon Udoka, Peter Ahmedu and Okworogun Ochuko,” he said.
The NBBF president added that Nwora is no stranger to the African basketball scene having coached Cape Verde from 2009 to 2013.
Abdulrauph during his speech appreciated the governor for his support to the youths, through Sports development.