By Bamidele Boluwaji:
Nigeria Basketball Federation have appointed United States of based Nigerian Alex Nwora as the new national men's basketball team D'Tigers head coach ahead of the men's Afrobasket Championship in Tunisia and Senegal in September, President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Kida, announced on Wednesday.
Kida said the decision to appoint Nwora, who guided Cape Verde to the 2013 Afrobasket where they defeated D’Tigers by 79 points to 76, was borne out of the desire to give qualified Nigerians the opportunity of making history with the national teams.
“We started this project with the D’Tigress with the appointment of Sam Vincent, Mfon Udoka, Peter Ahmedu and Okworogun Ochuko. There is no point giving out national team jobs to expatriates when we have Nigerians all over the world who are duly qualified to get the job done."
Kida called on Nigerians particularly basketball stakeholders to support the coach in his bid to lead D'Tigers to their title defence at the Afrobasket for men in Tunisia.
Nwora will be assisted by Kwara Falcons head coach, Aderemi Adewunmi, and Gombe Bulls' Abdulrahman Mohammed who have both guided their teams to the top of the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences of the NBBF-organized basketball league.
American coach Will Voigt led D'Tigers to the Afrobasket title in 2015 and had been expected to be in charge for the title defence.