By Joe Apu
The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF led by Engr. Musa Kida has named United States of America based Nigerian Alex Nwora as the new head coach of the D’Tigers team ahead of their 2017 Men Afrobasket tournament title defence. He replaces Will Vioght who led Nigeria to her first AfroBasket title.
Nwora’s appointment was made known on Wednesday by the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engineer Musa Kida ahead of the Senior Men’s national team’s exercise expected to commence on Friday, 12th, 2017.
According to Kida, the decision to appoint Nwora, who guided Cape Verde to the 2013 Afrobasket where they defeated D’Tigers by 79 points to 76 was borne out of the desire to give qualified Nigerians the opportunity of making history with the national teams.
“We started this project with the D’Tigress with the appointment of Sam Vincent, Mfon Udoka, Peter Ahmedu and Okworogun Ochuko. There is no point giving out national team jobs to expatriates when we have Nigerians all over the world who are duly qualified to get the job done.”
He enjoined all Nigerians to support Nwora who is no stranger to the African basketball scene where he coached Cape Verde from 2009 to 2013.
Nwora will be assisted by Kwara Falcons head coach, Aderemi Adewunmi and Gombe Bulls’ Abdulrahman Mohammed who have both guided their teams to the top of the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences of the NBBF organized basketball league. The list of invited players is expected to be announced soon.