Cloudy Weather Report Ramallah, Palestine +4°C, Cloudy
Home | News |

FIBA Qualifiers: We’re focused on beating all contenders –Coach




Alex Nwora, the head coach of the senior national basketball team, D’Tigers, on Sunday said that his team were focused on beating all contenders at the ongoing 2019 FIBA Africa World Cup Qualifiers in Lagos.

D’Tigers had defeated all eight teams so far in the competition starting with the first window in 2017 where it topped the group F that had power houses Senegal and Central Africa Republic.

Mali, Rwanda and Cote D’Ivoire are also contenders for the two tickets available for a place in the World Cup to be hosted in China.

Nwora told the News agency of Nigeria that his players had the capacity to defeat any team but would not underrate any opposition that comes its way.

READ ALSO: Why I left PDP –Salvador, former Lagos chairman

“We are a rock solid team and blessed with abundance of talents, but we cannot celebrate now until we play our final game.

“We can continue to improve on our quality based on the availability of our players who are so desirous to represent their fatherland.

“So, we are not satisfied until we pick the ticket and prepare ourselves for the competition ahead,’’ Nwora said.

D’tigers crushed CAR 114-69 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National stadium, Lagos to register one of the biggest scoreline so far in the second round of the qualification series holding in Lagos.

Ikenna Ireogbu, who contributed 18 points to the success of D’tigers, said that he was happy with his performance and that the team was basically focused on getting Nigeria to play in the World Cup in China.

“I am happy about the results so far but we can only work harder and give our best to the success of the team.

“Although we had little time to train, but so far we have struck an understanding and are working towards achieving good results,’’ Ireogbu said.

Similarly, Senegal had recorded seven wins out of eight matches played so far, and were also looking confident for a spot in the World Cup.

Senegal showed superiority over their arch rivals, Mali beating them 82-71 to prove their quality and maintain the stability of the team.

Senegalese star player, Youssouphe Ndoye, recorded 23 points to power the team to success; he also had six defensive rebounds and three offensive rebounds.

He told NAN that Senegal; he was confident about their chances of qualification.

“We have to keep fighting, we fear no opposition, we are here to play ball and we will qualify for the World Cup.

“We cannot be intimidated because we know we have the quality to land our team in China,’’ Ndoye said.

(NAN)

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Tags

No tags for this article
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of nigerianewsgrio.com. nigerianewsgrio.com accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.
Loading...




Related Articles

Sports: 'It doesn't look good': 49ers fear Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending knee injury

The San Francisco 49ers fear that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL. The injury came on Sunday after Garoppolo was hit on the sideline

2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup: D'Tigress beat Turkey 74-68 in 2nd group game

Nigeria’s women basketball team D’Tigress beat Turkey 74-68 Turkey in their second group game of the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup played on Sunday,September

Finance: What $10 was worth the year you were born, and what you could buy with it today

The value of a dollar changes from year to year as markets and economies fluctuate. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks inflation, calculating

Most Watched Videos

View all posts

Best Response Ever to the Age-old Question - "What Will You Do If Your Partner Denies Paternity?"

Best Response Ever to the Age-old Question - "What Will You Do If Your Partner Denies Paternity?" Watch and share ...after you laugh!

Nigeria vs Zambia 1-0 - (Video)

Watch the football match between Nigeria vs Zambia 1-0, shows  Extended Highlights from the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers on 7 October 2017

The Marriage Test Bucket - (Video)

Watch this hilarious spoof:  The Marriage Scanning Bucket.  Please leave a review below.

Amazing! This Pastor Claims to Heal by Kissing His Flocks - Video

Wonders shall never end.  This is a new one.... Ghanaian pastor based in South Africa claims to heal folks through kisses.  Yes, full blown tongue in




Most Read News

View all posts

2019 U-17 AFCON: Golden Eaglets due back in Nigeria after scooping individual honours

Nigeria’s victorious Golden Eaglets are due back in the country on Tuesday, September 18 after two players of the team scooped the highest individual awards.The

Impeached Delta Speaker, Igbuya, defects to APC

*Picks APC HoR form By Perez Brisibe UGHELLI – IMPEACHED Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly and member representing Sapele constituency in the House, Rt.

Sports: 16 pictures show North Korea's grand performance at the Mass Games, where South Korea's president gave his first speech directly to North Koreans

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and a group of South Korean delegates were given a viewing of North Korea's capstone propaganda event, the Mass Games.

Sen. Oduah never belonged to us — Ogbaru APGA

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has said that Sen. Stella Oduah was never a part of them and were not fazed by the recent

Finance: Coca-Cola is 'closely watching' the cannabis space — and is reportedly eyeing a deal with one of Canada’s biggest producers (KO)

Coca-Cola has been in talks with Aurora Cannabis to produce CBD-infused drinks, Bloomberg reported Monday. Shares of Aurora popped more than 15% on the

How MSMEs can benefit from technology — SystemSpecs

By Princewill Ekwujuru Opportunities abound in technology which Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) can explore to meet customers’ needs and grow their businesses, John

Most Watched Movies

cron