Former Nigerian basketball stars Julius Nwosu, Mactabene Amachree and Mfon Udoka have arrived Nigeria to support the FIBA Africa Zone Three 3×3 tour, which began yesterday with a clinic and training programme.
The three players, who played for Nigeria at different international competitions, were spotted at the National Stadium yesterday taking part in the technical support team for the tournament. Also in town is D’Tigers player Ejike Ugboaja and Sarah Ogoke who played for the D’Tigress at the Afrobasket/All Africa Games qualifiers in Cote D’Ivoire.
The clinic is meant to properly introduce the 3×3 competition to the participants including the players and officials. They were taken through the rules and regulation governing the competition in expectation that all they have learned would be put into practice when the competition begins today.
Meanwhile, 36 teams from seven countries are expected to take part in the first edition of the FIBA Africa Zone three 3×3 tour are expected to arrive in Nigeria today. Apart from the international event, teams in the country will also play a national competition were the winners will also smile home with cash prizes.
According to the Administrative Secretary of FIBA Zone three, Joe Apu, logistics have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free event. He also stated that the Teslim Balogun Stadium and the National Stadium, Lagos, venues of the competition have been set up for the competition.
“We are ready for the 36 teams that will arrive in Nigeria for the competition and everything have been put in place to ensure they have a good stay in the country,” Apu added.
At the venue yesterday, the courts were being laid while the players were putting finishing touches to their registration. Also, President of FIBA Africa, Hamane Niang with other officials arrived Nigeria yesterday to grace the event.