Peter Ahmedu, the coach of Nigeria’s senior national women basketball team, on Thursday said he was optimistic that the team would do well at the 2018 Tidesports source reports that the competition holds from Sept. 22 to Sept. 30 in Tenerife.
D’Tigress are grouped alongside Turkey, Australia and Argentina.
Ahmedu told newsmen in Lagos that with good preparations and the right players anything was possible.
The coach, however, described the group as a very tough one, assuring basketball fans that with Nigeria could surpass all expectations.
“We will do well if we start preparations early and have the right players on ground to train and build a good team towards the competition.
“We are the current African champions, a feat we achieved not too long ago where nobody gave us a chance. We proved the doubters wrong.
“The World Cup challenge is obviously a different terrain, but with the array of players we have in Europe, Asia and the U.S., we can make spring some surprises,’’ Ahmedu said.
Speaking also, Sam Ahmedu, the President of FIBA Zone 3 West Africa, assured that all necessary things would be done to ensure that Nigeria performed well at the competition.
“It is going to be a very tight group but we can shock the world of basketball.
“Preparations have started already as we have informed the players. So, when we call for them to resume camp they will be ready to perform their task,’’ the retired Nigerian Army Colonel said.
Also, the FIBA Executive Director for Africa, Alphonse Bile, while assessing Nigeria’s chances at the World Cup, acknowledged that it was going to be a difficult task.
“Nigeria is a good team, but playing against Turkey who are one of the strong teams in Europe and Australia who are one of the best teams in the world will not be easy.
“But that is not to write the Nigerian team off, because in basketball anything is possible. I wish them well however,’’ Bile said.
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.
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