27 May 2013

NIGERIA : Afrobasket Men's Camp Opens As NBBF Reappoints Bakare

The Nigeria Basketball Federation announced yesterday that training camp for Afrobasket men will open in Abuja today, May 26th through Thursday May 30th where 12 players from the home league will sweat it out for inclusion in subsequent camps, invitational tournaments and ultimately in the team to Abidjan in August.
Meanwhile, the federation also yesterday reappointed Coach Ayo Bakare to head the team's coaching staff to build on the success of the programme since 2011 and ensure the sustainable growth of the team into a winning unit. The Olympic team's assistant coach, Sani Ahmed was also returned and Union Bank coach and ex- national captain, Ayinla Johnson returned to the senior team staff after his departure in 2005/2006 when he assisted Coach Sam Vincent.
Two young coaches, Abdulrahman Mohammed of Abuja team, Mark Mentors and Ogoh Odaudu of Portharcourt-based Royal Hoopers were added to the coaching staff as a deliberate succession plan and to ensure that they grow with the program and take over at the appropriate time.The federation hinted that it is considering an essential addition to the coaching staff with expertise in strength and conditioning and or statistics.
The coaching staff for the Afrobasket women's team was also announced. The crew will be headed by veteran Coach Scott Nnaji who was head coach when Nigeria won the Afrobasket in 2005 in Abuja and was an assistant at Mali 2011.
He is to be assisted by Coaches Lateef Erinfolami of First Deepwater and Adewunmi Aderemi of First Bank. The staff also includes Coach Emmanuel Odah of FCT Angels and a female coach to be determined and announced later, who, together will form the succession pair for the future survival and success of the team.
The federation explained that the home-based staff were selected in anticipation of the impending fiba change of calendar and competition format from 2017 which entails playing home and away for continental, world and Olympic qualifiers and therefore requires a unit that is easily mobilized and can stick together over long periods of time.

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