13 March 2007

NIGERIA : Women Top 20 Holds in Abuja

By Pius Ayinor

- Algeria 2007/African Cup

The Nigerian build up to the 2007 All Africa Games for the game of basketball begins with the Women Top 20 Camp which will hold from this Friday until next Wednesday at the Abuja National Stadium. The Houston Comets coach, Kevin Cook who took charge of the Nigerian Lady Tigers in last year's FIBA World Championship in Brazil will the run the camp specially designed for the best players in the Nigerian domestic league.
By the details made available to THISDAYSports by the Technical Committee Chairman of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Dr. Adamu Ahmed the camp will also serve as a starting point for the 2007 African Women's Championship billed for December in Dakar, Senegal.
"We were able to monitor the players through the stages of the Zenith Bank League for the last season. The best were selected to form the basis for the first phase of our camping towards the All Africa Games and the African Nations Cup," Adamu said.
The Abuja camp is an all home-based players' event that will enable the American based coach work first hand with the home based players who could travel out last year for the trials in Houston enroute to the World Championship in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The next phase of camping is billed to hold in May for the USA-based players. The May 1st to 10th camp will also produce those who will combine with the home-based players for the final team list to the two championships.
Kevin Cook first dealing with the team was on the way to the World Championship last year. By the current arrangement, the American is expected to lead the team to Senegal where the Lady Tigers would defend their title. The Nigerian girls won the African Cup in Mozambique 2003 and defended it successfully in Abuja in December 2005.

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