Afrobasket: D’Tigress must be tough -Ahmedu
Assistant coach of the D’Tigress, Peter Ahmedu has said that the team preparing for the Afrobasket in Mali must be tough to meet the physical demand of African basketball.
Ahmedu told The Nation at the team’s training yesterday at the sports hall of the National Stadium that he has been working on the physical conditioning of the players since he started handling the Lagos camp and stated that the players who joined from America would have to be strong if they hope to succeed at the Afrobasket.
He said that the training was light yesterday because he was trying to introduce the new players into the demanding training regime, while assuring that he is in contact with the head coach, Sam Vincent, who is expected to join the team tomorrow.
“It is clear that if we want to succeed in Mali, we have to be strong and play as a team. Since we started the Lagos camp, the emphasis has been on building the players’ strength. And the arrival of the US-based players will see us intensify our preparation.
“Right now, we are working with Coach Vincent, who is expected to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday. We are following his training programme and hopefully we will be in top shape before the Afrobasket begins,” Ahmedu noted.
He also stated that no player is guaranteed a place in the team yet, urging everyone to put in their best. He promised the best players would eventually make the team to Mali. “I have told the players to do their best in camp because no one is assured of a place in the team until the list released.”
Speaking in the same vein, US-based Sarah Ogoke-Ejiogu, who has been training with the team at the Lagos camp welcomed her colleagues from America and warned them about the physical nature of the game on the continent.
“Some of the players are new to African basketball and I hope that they will be told about the physical nature of the game here. The team manager, Mfon Udoka has played for the national team and I hope she relays her experience of playing in Africa to the players so that they will know how strong they will have to be.
“I am sure at the end of the camping exercise will have a worthy team that can do the country proud,” Ogoke-Ejiogu added.