Onyebuchi: FIBA ACCC Will Be Tough For Rivers Hoopers

Onyebuchi: FIBA ACCC Will Be Tough For Rivers Hoopers

Rivers Hoopers forward Vincent Onyebuchi has admitted that his side will face a daunting task of reaching the next round of the FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup,  reports Completesports.com.

Rivers Hoopers will face Association Sportive de Salé, JS Kairouan and SLAC of Guinea in Group A.

“We’re in a very strong Group that parades the last winner of the FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup and that speaks volumes of the team and their makeup,” the 21-year-old Onyebuchi who emerged the Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Africa Basketball League 2019 Zone 3 Qualifiers held in Cotonou told FIBA.com.

“However, that is not to say we’ll get on the court scared of what will happen.

“Rivers Hoopers have worked hard to get to this stage and cannot allow fear to ruin our chances.

“There is also the Moroccan side AS Sale, as well as SLAC of Guinea which means that every game is as important as the other. I can assure you that we’re working hard to ensure that we give our best to move to the next round.”

Onyebuchi who will be making his debut for Rivers Hoopers calls for reinforcement of the team in order to compete favorably at the top level.

“The team would need to add some experienced players that have also competed at this continental level to help us play at the same level with other teams,” he offered.

“As much as the MVP gives me some value, it was not without the assistance of my teammates. I will, therefore, strive to work harder to keep up the tag. It is going to be my first appearance, and all I want to do is to get on the court and give my best.”

“I’m glad that we have an experienced coach in Ogoh Odaudu who has played and coached at this top level. He is also the Nigeria national men’s team assistant coach and will bring all he has learnt to bear on the team.”

On the new format of the League, Onyebuchi commends FIBA Africa for the initiative noting that,  “it will give players the opportunity to play more games and improve their performances.”

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