11 March 2013

NIGERIA : Afrobasket 2013 - Expect Better d'Tigers Than Olympics Squad - Umar

The Nigeria Basketball Federation is planning to storm Cote d'Ivoire in July, venue of this year's African Basketball Championship for men with a team stronger than even what shocked the world before the Olympics. Nigeria has never won the competition before and has played second fiddle to Angola severally but against all odds made it to the Olympics in London in 2012.
Still rated second best team on the continent after Angola, the federation president, Tijjani Umar told LEADERSHIP WEEKEND SPORTS exclusively that with the team the federation is putting in place, the Olympics side will be a child's play.
The journey to consolidating on the gains of the historic Olympics attendance began in August 2011 where Nigeria placed third in the Afrobasket in Madagascar. With that she booked a place to participate in pre-Olympic qualifying tournament decided a year later. Drawn against Venezuela, Lithuania, Greece, Russia and Dominican Republic, no one gave the team a chance.
D'Tigers showed signs of promise when they won the gold in the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique and thereafter headed for a preparation tourney in China. There, they grabbed an extra time win against England 86-80 and proceeded to win bronze in a 4 Nations Invitational Tournament in Houston.
By the time they qualified in July 2012 for the Olympics for the first time in history, they became the cynosure of Team Nigeria at the event. Coached by Ayo Bakare, the historic team included, Anthony Skinn, EkeneIbekwe, Ike Diogu, Al-FarouqAminu, Ade Dagunduro, Chamberlain Oguchi, Koko Achibong and Richard Oruche. Others are EjikeUgboaja, Derrick Obasohan, AladeAminu and OlumideOyedeji.
For Tijjani Umar, the camp is wide open and no player has automatic shirt yet for the African championship in Cote d'Ivoire. He said the team's qualification for the Olympics has upped the stakes and anything can happen as more and even better players are listed and angling to play for the national team.
According to him, even class acts like Ike Diogu who stood out during the qualifiers and Olympics will have to fight for shirts because competition will be stiffer. "Expect to see surprises in our team to the Nations Cup. There is now room for a lot of surprises and expect to see players like Sunday Mba the footballer in our Nations Cup in basketball.
The African championship opportunity for players especially from the Nigerian league is wide open now and local coaches and players have opportunity to make it big. I expect them to take the bull by the horn. From what we are planning as a federation, the Olympics team that everybody praised will be smaller because we now have better players up there who felt inspired by our Olympics qualification and outing and want to play for Nigeria.
We will give them a chance. Those who made us proud at the Olympics are also rearing to go and finish the task in Cote d'Ivoire by winning the cup but they will have to fight for shirts. "
Umar said the federation has deliberately decided keep mum about the Nations Cup because they want action to commence in the DStv Premier League so as to draft the best players to the national team. "Nigerians will soon know our plans concerning the Nations Cup, but we are silent on that for now because of the league where we are planning to pick players we believe are good enough to make the national team.
Once the league commences, we have detailed coaches to pencil down exceptional local players to join the national team instantly. There won't be any protocol about that; they will join the national team so that preparations begin in earnest.
So, you can see that competition will be very stiff which means even the Olympics stars will have to fight for shirts. I strongly advice the local players and coaches to make very good use of the opportunity coming because it is now their time."

Does your website have a contact page? I'm having trouble locating it but, I'd like to send you an email.
I've got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

Feel free to visit my weblog - workouts to jump higher
Howdy! I could have sworn I've been to this blog before but after checking through some of the post I realized it's new to me.
Nonetheless, I'm definitely delighted I found it and I'll be book-marking and
checking back often!

Here is my blog post How to jump higher
Hello there, I found your blog by the use of Google at the same time as looking for a related topic, your website got here up,
it seems to be good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

Hello there, just was alert to your weblog
via Google, and located that it is truly informative.
I'm going to watch out for brussels. I will appreciate when you proceed this in future. Numerous folks will be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

Also visit my blog post :: exercises to jump higher
This website was... how do I say it? Relevant!
! Finally I've found something which helped me. Thank you!

Feel free to surf to my webpage :: exercises to improve vertical jump
It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it's time to be happy. I've learn this
put up and if I may I want to recommend you few fascinating issues or suggestions.
Maybe you could write next articles regarding this article.
I desire to read more issues about it!

Also visit my web blog :: http://julio.estudiosuma.cl/elgg/pg/groups/38704/some-suggestions-for-improving-your-Vertical
Truly when someone doesn't know afterward its up to other visitors that they will help, so here it takes place.

Also visit my web blog ... workouts For vertical jump
Hi there, I wish for to subscribe for this webpage to obtain newest updates, therefore where can i
do it please assist.

my web-site - workouts for vertical
Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post. Many thanks for supplying these details.

Also visit my blog; workouts to improve vertical
First off I want to say terrific blog! I had a quick question in which I'd like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I've
had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts
out. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it
just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin.

Any recommendations or hints? Appreciate it!

My page: Workouts To Increase Vertical
Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I
am impressed! Very useful info specifically the last part :) I care
for such information much. I was looking for this particular information
for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

Also visit my web page ... exercises to increase vertical
When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now
each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment.
Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
Bless you!

Here is my page :: HTTP://Chaupal.Biharfoundation.in/
Hey there are using Wordpress for your blog platform? I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying to get started and
set up my own. Do you need any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

my webpage: vertical Jump Exercises
Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.
When I look at your blog site in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening
in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just
wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that,
excellent blog!

Also visit my webpage; bluegreen vacation club
Hi! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could
locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having
problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

my web blog :: charleston bed and breakfast
These are truly fantastic ideas in regarding blogging. You have touched some nice things here.
Any way keep up wrinting.

Also visit my website exercises to improve vertical leap
I'm curious to find out what blog system you are using? I'm having some minor security
problems with my latest blog and I would like to find something more secure.
Do you have any recommendations?

Review my web-site :: workouts to increase vertical jump
Greetings! Very useful advice within this article!
It is the little changes that produce the most important changes.
Thanks for sharing!

Here is my page: Http://articleschase.com/several-exercises-for-improving-your-ability-to-jump.html
I will immediately grab your rss as I can not in finding your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter
service. Do you have any? Please allow me know in order that
I could subscribe. Thanks.

Also visit my web site - http://www.fameb.ufba.br/ead/user/view.php?id=69143&course=1
Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post. Thanks for supplying this

Also visit my web page: Www.Cooperativemedia.org
Hiya very cool site!! Man .. Excellent .. Wonderful .
. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds additionally?
I am satisfied to seek out numerous helpful information right here in the publish, we want develop more techniques in this regard, thanks for
sharing. . . . . .

My blog workouts to improve vertical leap
Asking questions are truly good thing if you are not understanding something completely, but this article provides fastidious understanding even.

Look at my site - exercises to improve vertical
Post a Comment

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?