Connect with us

Sports

D’Tigress Target Women’s Basketball World Cup Quarter-Finals

Published

on

Nigeria’s D’Tigress will be aiming to reach the quarter-finals at the Fiba Women’s Basketball World Cup later this year, according to point guard Promise Amukamara.
The side will be Africa’s sole representatives at the tournament, which will take place in Sydney, Australia, in September.
D’Tigress have climbed a place to 14th in the Fiba world rankings following their showing at the World Cup qualifier in Belgrade earlier this month.
The African champions recovered from their opening day defeat to China by beating world number five France and continental rivals Mali to pick up the last available ticket on offer for Sydney.
Despite missing France-based point guard Ezinne Kalu, Amukamara joined top performers Adaora Elonu, Amy Okonkwo, Victoria Macaulay and Oderah Chidom in posting stellar performances to seal back-to-back appearances at the World Cup for Nigeria.
“This tournament was very special for us. We battled through a lot of adversity,” Amukamara told the Fiba website.
“I had to step up and take on the point guard and leader role. I am not very vocal, so that was a challenge for me.
“I think this tournament was the best one for us, because we had to put absolutely everything together with no training camp or preparation. We really believed in ourselves.
“Now we just have to get back healthy and the sky is the limit. We have already shocked a lot of the world. We won’t be just turning up (in Sydney) – we will have a different mind set and will be reaching for the quarter-finals.”
At the 2018 World Cup in Spain, Nigeria posted the continent’s best performance as they exited the tournament in the last eight.
The draw for the 2022 World Cup will take place on Thursday, 3 March in Sydney.
The second side to win three African women’s basketball titles in a row, Nigeria has the credentials to back their claim as one of the continent’s giants.
However, the leadership crisis within the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) overshadowed the team’s preparations ahead of the qualifying tournament in Serbia.
The West Africans started on a losing note in Belgrade after suffering a 90-76 defeat in the hands of China in Group B, but they had a night to remember on day two by claiming a famous first ever win against France in a gripping 67-65 comeback success.
Victoria Macaulay was at the heart of pulling off the biggest upset of the tournament, with a superb 19 points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists.
It was a pulsating end on the last day against familiar rivals Mali.
Cruising with a 21-point lead, Nigeria almost self-destructed as Mali turned up the defensive pressure, dragging it back to a one-shot game inside the last minute. Nonetheless, Amy Okonkwo starred with 14 points and Amukamara produced 10 points as D’Tigress managed to cling on for a 73-69 victory.
“I think fatigue set in and only having one point guard made it tough against a team in survival mode,” reflected Nigeria head coach Otis Hughley Jr.
“But seriously, hats off to Mali and their undying effort. Credit to their coach who did such an amazing job and Mali almost flipped the script.
“But our girls took the punch and we’re off to Sydney – we’re just happy about that.”
For Africa’s other representative, Mali, it was an opportunity lost to make history and reach the main event for the first time.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Sports

4-1 Win Against Dolphins Was Due To Hardwork – Coach

Published

on

Head coach of Police Crime Burster FC of Port Harcourt, Inspector Douye Ghomorai, has attributed the impressive performance of his players to early preparation and hardwork.
The Police team thrashed Dolphins Youth FC 4-1 at the ongoing Rivers State Football Association Challenge Cup, (RSFCA) .
Ghomorai said this on Friday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports shortly after his team ran over Dolphins Youths  4-1 in their opening match of the competition, at the
Sharks Football Stadium in Port Harcourt.
According to him,  their victory was as a result of hard work and early preparation,adding that as defending champions of the State  Keves Global Football Competition, they will ensure they keep that momentum of winning.
“ My boys are good, we  train five times in a week to keep fit. I commend my players for the good performance.
“We want to ensure that we do well in any upcoming tournament.
We train five times in a week, we know it is not easy, but we are doing it because we know what it takes to win a tournament in this State,” Ghomorai said.
He commended the State FA over the manner they handled the competition but urge them to not change their fixtures as it affects most clubs adversely.
In another match played, De Cardinals FC upset Go Round FC by 5-4 through penalty shoot out after playing goalless in  regulation time.

By: Kiadum Edookor

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Sports

Coach Explains Benefits Of Coaching Clinic

Published

on

The head Coach of Khana FC in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Sam Ledor, has revealed that he has  gained more knowledge at the just concluded coaches’ clinic held on Thursday, at Adokiye Amiesimaka Studium,  in Port Harcourt.
According to him, he had been to Lagos and Uyo for coaching courses but none was as rich in content as  this clinic, adding that it has also  boosted his morale and  coaching career.
Ledor said this in  a telephone interview with Tidesports,  saying that as a coach he  will now apply new techniques in the game of football.
“ I have been to Lagos and Uyo for coaching courses  but this is a very good foundation for me, it will help me a lot in my grassroots coaching.
The clinic has imparted new knowledge in me  so much, because there were certain things I do not know before that I have known now.
It is a nice one I commend the organisers for bringing such a programme to Port Harcourt,” Ledor said.
The coaching clinic was organised by the Rivers State Football Coaches Association (RSFCA) and Bright Stars Sports Agency United Kingdom for Nigeria coaches.
The Clinic which was tagged “Continuous Professional Development Coaching (CPD) was designed for developing football coaches.
The former captain of Enyimba FC encouraged his  members to always key into such projects because the knowledge gained will change their mentality towards the game.

By: Kiadum Edookor

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Sports

OBN Basketball Programme Ends In PH

Published

on

A two-day basketball programme tagged” Uplifting the African Youth through Basketball” sponsored by Organised Basketball Network (OBN) has ended on Saturday.
The event which was held at Port Harcourt basketball court, Niger/ Bende Streets saw a huge crowd and over 300 youths participated in the programme.
Speaking in an interview with sports journalists shortly after the closing ceremony, the coordinator of OBN, a retired professional basketball player, Obinna Ekezie, said his aim was to develop the youth to have a career through basketball.
” OBN is to support youth on different skills, mostly on enterprenuership and technology. This is also to prepare them to have a career after basketball.
Our goal was to make this programme a sustainable one,” Ekezie said.
He used the forum to thank the Rivers State Government for its support, especially for giving them the venue to use. He also appreciated the United States Consulate in Nigeria for their support.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the programme, the United States Consulate Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Foltz said United States and Nigeria have very special and close relationship, adding that the Consulate feels this was the right time to do a sports programme.

By: Tonye Orabere

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Trending