By Bolaji Lawal
Newly appointed assistant coach for the basketball national team Coach Aderemi Adewunmi, who is popularly known as Owolo, has called for early preparation for the D’Tigers in order to have a chance to defend the title they won in 2015.
The tactician, who is currently in charge of Kwara Falcons Basketball Club, has called on the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) to puts things in order so as to move to camp early.
“What’s next is for the coaches and association to identify players that will be needed for the national team set up,” Owolo told Jollof Sports.
Owolo, who has been on female national team assignment since 2003, also said he is unfazed by the challenge, saying his wealth of experience will definitely see him through, describing coaching and basketball as a universal job and game.
“With the quality of players Nigeria possess both home and abroad, we can conquer Africa again even if none of the players that took part in the last edition of Afro basketball didn’t get to come this time.”
AfroBasketball is billed for next month in Tunis and Senegal where Nigeria has been drawn alongside DR Congo, Ivory Coast and Mali in Group A.
Head coach Alex Nwora will be assisted by the duo of Aderemi Adewunmi and Gombe Bulls’ Abdulrahman Mohammed.
Similarly, he discussed the chances of Kwara Falcons in picking a continental ticket come the end of the current campaign, saying: “We are ready for any opposition in the conference six scheduled for Monday 14-18 August in Ilorin.”
“We have respect for every opponent but I feel I have better players at my disposal this time around for tougher challenges compared to last year where we lost to Kano Pillars in the semi finals”.
The Former First Bank coach also disregard any form of home support for the Conference Six, since the tournament will be taking place at the Falcons’ home ground in Ilorin.
“If you don’t play well you lose. Forget that we are hosting the conference six. Its about how we play. Kwara state is an accomadating state, other teams can always feel at home in Kwara; Owolo explained.