Otis Charges D’Tigress On World Cup

Otis Charges D’Tigress On World Cup

The newly appointed Head Coach of the Senior Women’s Basketball team,
Otis Hughley, has charged the D’Tigress not to give in to distractions
as they prepare for their first FIBA World Cup since 2006.

Otis, while addressing the team currently camped in Atlanta, said that
with the little time left to prepare the team for the biggest stage,
it is imperative that the players come together as one indivisible
unit to make Nigerians happy.

He said, “Don’t give in to those distractions because you are not
going to be your best you if you do. If you are not your best you, it
is a disservice to the gift God has given you. If you are not thinking
about doing what it is you have been put on earth to do by
representing who you are, your family and future, then you have been

The former Golden State Warriors assistant coach expressed excitement
over the opportunity to work with the team which he described as “a
bunch of talented professionals.”

“I am excited, I have coached a lot of players but that doesn’t
matter. I can’t be more excited than I am now. I get chills while
talking about this. I drove 6 hours here.”

Otis said to achieve World Cup success; it takes the effort of
everybody involved as the world needs to know the full potential of
the D’Tigress.

“They know you are here, they know you can play and that you are good,
but they don’t know how smart you really are and they don’t know your

He reminded the players that representing Nigeria at the World Cup is
a lifetime experience which may not present itself again. He charged
them to stay focused and write their names in gold as they represent
the country and provide the needed inspiration for the kids thinking
of taking up basketball as a profession.

“You girls are trying to make a living for your family, trying to
represent your country. There is another little kid somewhere in the
world watching you wanting to know what they will be when they grow
up. You are going to give them that information. You are going to give
the world that information; they are going to know the truth about
you. I am really excited to see what you girls can do and I will be
more excited to see the look on the world’s face when it gets done”,
Otis concluded.

In what seemed to be a sign of good things to come, the team recorded
their first warm up win in as many games against Yellow Jackets PRO by
96 points to 92 earlier today (Monday).

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