*Two Nigerian technical officials to officiate in Mali
Technical Committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has announced that the Women’s senior national team, D’Tigress, will be in close camping for the FIBA Afrobasket Women’s Championship until their departure on the 16th of August 2017.
This became imperative following the request by the team’s Technical crew led by Sam Vincent with just few days to start of the championship which starts on the 18th.
The decision became imperative following their third friendly against Raptors Men Basketball Club on Saturday in which they lost by 78points to 53 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.
According to the federation, the decision is to beef up preparations and perfect their technical and tactical plans for the championship after some lapses were noticed at the end of their third game.
Speaking on behalf of the federation, the Vice President, Babs Oguande explained that, “this decision is in the best interest of all parties involved. The team is now at the business end of their training and it is expedient they perfect their plans during this camping exercise before we travel on Wednesday.”
This decision means the team on Monday and Tuesday will train behind closed doors with fans and journalists barred from having access to their morning and evening training sessions.
“At this crucial time of their training, they cannot afford not to have the maximum level of concentration. We are going to leave no stone unturned just to ensure that we at the federation level play our part in ensuring that they girls are trained in the best condition available,” Oguade concluded.
The team will hold an open session with members of the press after their training on Tuesday before departing for Mali.
Meanwhile, FIBA Africa has invited two Nigerian Technical officials to officiate in the AfroBasket Women tournament 2017, taking place in Bamako, Mali, from 18th – 27th August, 2017.
The duo are Ms. Adeola Oboro Evbwonwan, FIBA Certified Technical Commissioner who will serve in that capacity at the tournament and Mr. Olusegun Adekambi, who will serve as Nigeria’s FIBA accompanying Referee.
While wishing the duo a successful outing at the tournament, the NBBF hereby express satisfaction at the development which augurs well for Nigerian Basketball. It is observed that it had been a rarity in the past for a Technical Commissioner and Referee from Nigeria to be invited to an African tournament at the same time and this development is therefore an indication of the confidence FIBA is beginning to have on Nigerian basketball.
Ms Adeola Oboro Evbwonwan serves under the auspices of Edo State Basketball Association while Mr. Olusegun Adekanbi is under the Lagos State Basketball Association.