Afrobasket 2021: Expect An Improved Team In Our Next Match -D’Tigers’ Coach

Afrobasket 2021: Expect An Improved Team In Our Next Match -D’Tigers’  Coach
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By Joel Ajayi 

Head coach of Nigeria’s D’Tigers Mike Brown has promised that the Nigerian team will improve on their recent performance against Mali, saying that the failure of the NBA players to turn up for the championship, has given them the opportunity to see other talents in the game.

Brown said the inability of the players to turn up for the tournament has a lot to do with their club engagements and nothing more.

The Coach said the over 8 NBA players who played for Nigeria at the just-concluded Tokyo Olympics games but could not turn up in Rwanda for the ongoing Afrobasket championship, though affected the strength of his team, but a great opportunity for other players to exhibit their talents. 

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D’Tigers on Wednesday defeated their Malian counterpart 81-73 in the opening group game with some home-based players also playing a part in the game

According to Brown, the majority of the NBA players wanted to play especially Caleb Agada of the Denver Nuggets but the club duties held him back.

“Guys wanted to come and play but their clubs refused to release them, though it put us in some predicament the depth of Nigeria basketball is what excites me.

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“We are a young and inexperienced team but coaching these guys allows us to implement and try a new system.

“And it will help the experience of the guys in the team especially the home-based players from the Nigeria league .

“We would help them and allow them to train and play with the foreign guys and it makes them get used to the way of coaching and playing,” he said.

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He rubbished the impression that many of the NBA stars stayed away because of the some face of with the NBBF, saying that the Board led by Ahmadu Musa Kida has been of immense support to the team.


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