Coach of Nigeria’s D’Tigress Sam Vincent admitted that the team’s game against Senegal on Wednesday at the ongoing 2017 FIBA Africa Women’s Championship in Bamako, Mali was very tough.
Vincent described Senegal as a highly technical side but promised that he will come up with a different game plan ahead of their next game against Cote D’Ivoire.
The Nigerian girls recorded a slim 58-54 victory over Senegal in the last game of the group to finish winners of Group B with 10 points:
“We had a tough game against Senegal, highly technical side but we are glad we won to complete our five games unbeaten in the group stage,” Vincent told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“We missed some points which we have to work on and come up with different plans against Cote D’Ivoire in our next game. We know that we need to double our efforts now and work harder.
The coach also revealed that he has warned his wards that the Ivorians will pose a tough challenge stating that the Ivorians are not a team that can be underrated in the tournament.
”No team can be underrated at this stage and that is why we have told the girls to get ready for another tough game,” Vincent stated.
Cote D’Ivoire won two games and lost three during the preliminary round of the tournament to garner 7points that took them to the quarter final-stage.
Speaking of history, Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire have met five times in previous tournaments. The D’Tigress have four of those meetings with the Ivorians prevailing just once.