Afrobasket 2015: D’Tigers Coach Assures Nigerians of Victory

The interim coach of Nigeria’s senior national basketball team, Sanni Ahmed, has said his team was ready to go all out to win their first leg qualifying match of the 2015 Afrobasket Championship against Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou, later in February.

Ahmed, who is currently conducting trainings with 14 home-based players in Abuja, told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that he knew the Burkina Faso team quite well and would be fashioning out the right strategy to out run them.

“I already have a hint of the type of players that will confront Nigeria. I have watched the Burkina Faso play at the last Afrobasket Championship in Cote d’Ivoire last year,” he said.

“At the Zone 3 championship where Kano Pillars and Mark Mentors represented Nigeria, Burkina Faso brought two teams and our teams beat them by 30 points margin. I also saw their team play at the Afrobasket Championship in Ivory Coast.

“If they bring that team we will be ready to take them on. They have players in division one and two in France as well as some who play in the colleges in USA but I am not sure they will be available,” he said.

The coach added that the players in camp were ready for the qualifying match and Nigerians should expect nothing less than victory in Ouagadougou.

Nigeria and Burkina Faso are in Group E of the Afrobasket qualifiers and would be play each other over two legs; first in Ouagadougou and later in Abuja.


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