American Coach, McCollister: Nigeria Have Huge Basketball Potential, Kanu Invited Me To Help Harness Them

American Coach, McCollister: Nigeria Have Huge Basketball Potential, Kanu Invited Me To Help Harness Them

American Basketball coach,  Mathew McCollister,  has stated that Nigeria have huge basketball potentials despite football's domineering status in the West African country. 

McCollister spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com in Owerri where he is conducting a basketball clinic at the Kanu  Sports Center. 


"No doubt football is the major sports here but for me,  basketball is my number one sport as is the case in America", McCollister,  who is Tanzanian basketball national team coach told Completesportsnigeria.com. 

"But I must say there are huge basketball potentials here in Nigeria and that is what I've come to help,  through (Nwankwo) Kanu, to harness through this clinic".

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He added: "I have come to teach the Nigerian youths basketball the American way. 

"Basketball is a global sport,  very interesting and rewarding. 


"The clinic is not restricted to teaching them the rudiments of basketball, but will open a new vista to the successful and talented ones to American schools and basketball clubs. 

"Before I became the Tanzanian basketball national team coach two years ago,  the country had no basketball player in America. 

"But right now,  in just two years,  there are three of them there. 

"I come to Tanzania twice a year to conduct clinic for basketball. 

"So I have come to Nigeria and I believe Nigerians will have a lot to gain from this clinic."

McCollister highlighted his admiration of Nigeria and Nigerians while disclosing how he ran into Nwankwo Kanu in Tanzania. 

"I was in Tanzania in February this year when I met Kanu," he said. 

"I discovered he shares the same feelings about the youths such as I have. 

"Our friendship and passion continued and resulted in this clinic, and I'm happy to be here. 

"It is my first visit to Nigeria, and I must confess it is a beautiful country. 

"The people are nice.  It is a wet period but I'm enjoying it."

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