The Nigeria Basketball Federation has appointed NBA coach, Otis Hughley, as an immediate replacement for Sam Vincent whose sack as D’Tigress coach was announced on Friday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The appointment of Hughley, a former NBA Coach, was finalised after the NBBF leadership approved his program for the D’Tigress’ participation at the World Cup in Spain.
NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida said the leadership of the federation settled for Hughley as it became apparent that he is the “most immediate available option.”
Kida emphasized that since Sam Vincent was not sacked because of poor results but based on issues surrounding conflicting professional engagements, it was wise to replace him with a coach that will be readily available.
“We needed to take a proactive step in the interest of the team who are preparing for the World Cup. We needed to fill the vacuum immediately and continue our preparation for Spain.
“For many, parting ways with Vincent at this time was not a good decision, but it was a difficult decision we had to take in the overall and long term interest of the team.”
Hugely previously led Mobile’s LeFlore High School, Alabama, USA to six state tournaments and one state title before getting hired as an assistant coach by the Sacramento Kings in the NBA will henceforth lead the D’Tigress team.
The federation is optimistic that Hughley will bring his wealth of experience to bear on the team as they prepare for their World Cup campaign.
“We still have about 50 days to train and get ready for the competition and we are confident that the time frame will be enough for any good coach to train and shape a team into a strong contender.”
He American will be introduced to the entire squad later today (Friday) before their evening training session and will be assisted by Peter Ahmedu and Shola Shomala.
Paired in Group B alongside Argentina and Turkey, the current African champions will start their World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday, 22nd of September.