03 July 2015

NIGERIA : State Appoints William Voigt As Acting Coach for National Basketball Team

The Nigeria Basketball Federation has selected William Voigt ahead of others to lead its campaign at the 2015 Aftobasket Men's Tournament in Tunisia.
Coach Voigt was the Head Coach/General Manager of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League from August 2009 to July 2014, during which he won more games than any other Coach in the D-League and helped his team to be regular Season Champions in 2012-2013.
Coach Voigt was offered a short term contract until September to win the Afrobasket and qualify Nigeria for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
If he succeeds, he will be the Coach to lead the team to the Olympics. He is to be assisted by a team of Assistant Coaches and Video analyst.
Coaches Ayinla Johnson and Abdulrahaman Mohammed as well as the team doctor and physiotherapist will keep their positions from the 2013 coaching staff.
The new Coach will not be new to the National team and Nigerian Basketball environment as he has previously coached two of the team's standouts, Alade Aminu and Ike Diogu in the NBA D-League and has also volunteered in Summer Basketball Camps organised by Masai Ujiri in Zaria and Lagos between 2004 and 2008.
The National team training camp is expected to open in Abuja on 15th July with both home and foreign based players.

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