25 June 2012

NIGERIA : African Basketball - Aderemi Hopeful on First Deepwater

  • Coach of First Bank, Adewunmi Aderemi has assured the team's supporters of a formidable squad that could compete with the rest of Africa when the FIBA Africa club tourney gets underway later this year.
    A fortnight ago, First Deepwater basketball club of Ekiti won the country's women basketball league by retaining the Zenith Bank Women's league title for the third straight season despite their 70-76 points loss to former champion, First Bank basketball club at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Lagos.
    For the coach of the first Bank team, the just concluded Zenith Bank Women Basketball League was an eye opener for them to do work harder ahead of the continental tourney.
    "It was indeed a difficult season with a lot of improvement from various teams. First Deepwater has shown consistency over the years compared to my side that is in transition but I'm optimistic that we will come out good in a short time," Aderemi said.
    He added that "as the defending champions (First Deep Water), they were able to keep together most of their players and I think their coach brought his experience to bear on the results.
    " I had in my squad, new and young players with little of experiences. Also our preparation towards the competition was a bit poor as we did not do much work in the first and second phase of the competition which cost us the title.
    Now that we have seen our mistakes, we will do our best to rectify them and prepare well ahead of the continental tourney".

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