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Libya 09 Afrobasket: World Championship ticket our target Nigeria President - Jun 18, 2009


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Newly sworn-in president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, Tijjani Umar is optimistic that the task of repositioning the nations basketball is achievable, in this brief chat with our correspondent, the NBBF boss spoke about various activities before the new board among other sundry issues. Excerpt:

What should Nigerians expect from this board in the next four years

Thanks, for me the inauguration is only formalities, you know we have being running the affairs of the game long before the election. I am sure you know that I have been heading the Task Force whose primary assignment was to prepare the country senior national team for the 25th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship billed for Libya in August this year and other local basketball programmes.

What is really important to us now is not just the Cup of Nations but other programmes as well. We are going to jump-start the Zenith Women Premier League by the end of this month, get involved in the U16 Boys and Girls qualifiers holding in Cotonuo, Republic of Benin and do everything possible to see that the Premier league for Men took off, so can see that our hands are full.

Funding the programmes

It true fund is very vital in the execution of these programmes, we shall appeal to all stake-holders in the game for support including corporate sponsors of our various programmes and with the support of everybody none of the programmes will be left unattended to.

Choice of American Coach for DTigers

It true Nigerian coaches, (Ayo Bakare and Sani Ahmed) qualified the country for the Libya 2009 Afrobasket the situation on ground presently demands us going for a foreign coach so the appointment of John Harding Lucas-II whom we believe can deliver at this crucial moment, though for me personally I would prefer a Nigerian coach who have greater stake than a foreigner.

DTigers USA Camp

Since bulk of the invited players lives in the United States which makes it easy for them to come together on a short notice and given the financial status of the board presently we realized it will be difficult getting the players to come down to Nigeria for camping but arrangement are in place to have the team come down to Nigeria before flying out to Tripoli, Libya for the Championship.

I can assure you that this will probably be the last time we will be camping any of our teams in the US except they want to embark on training tour but such camps must start from the home front.

Afrobasket goal

To be honest with Nigerians our target is to secure one of the three 2010 16th FIBA World Championship ticket.

Coach for DTigress

You know there still the zonal qualifiers to play which we are hosting, so in the next cope of days or weeks coach for the senior women national team will be announced and he will definitely be a Nigerian.   



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African Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Tunisia 3-0 
 2. Nigeria 2-1 
 3. C.Africa 1-2 
 4. Uganda 0-3 
Group B
 1. Senegal 3-0 
 2. Angola 2-1 
 3. Mozambique. 1-2 
 4. Morocco 0-3 
Group C
 1. Egypt 3-0 
 2. Cameroon 2-1 
 3. Mali 1-2 
 4. Gabon 0-3 
Group D
 1. Cape Verde. 3-0 
 2. Ivory Coas. 2-1 
 3. Algeria 1-2 
 4. Zimbabwe 0-3 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gorgui DIENG
  SEN
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Dieng, SEN22.6 
 2. Xavier, USA19.6 
 3. Matos, POR18.8 
 4. Diabate, IVO18.4 
 5. Kouguere, CGO18.0 
 6. Harath, ALG16.9 
 7. Oguchi, NGR16.6 
 8. Kourodu, MOR16.6 
 9. Mendy, SEN16.3 
 10. Zouita, MOR15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gorgui DIENG
  SEN
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Dieng, SEN14.9 
 2. Mascarenhas, CPV10.0 
 3. Lawal, NGR9.0 
 4. Chikoko, ZIM8.8 
 5. Almeida, CPV8.4 
 6. Marei, EGY8.4 
 7. Sebirumbi, USA7.8 
 8. Grebongo, CAF7.6 
 9. Aminu, NGR7.3 
 10. Ben Romdhane, TUN7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Xane DALMEIDA
  SEN
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Dalmeida, SEN7.4 
 2. Khalfi, MOR6.0 
 3. Diabate, IVO5.8 
 4. Almeida, CPV4.4 
 5. Xavier, USA4.0 
 6. Matos, MOZ3.8 
 7. Dieng, SEN3.7 
 8. Benzegala, USA3.7 
 9. Kamal, EGY3.4 
 10. Kante, MLI3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Destin DAMACHOUA
  CAF
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Damachoua, CAF3.6 
 2. Essono Mve, GAB3.0 
 3. Diabate, IVO2.8 
 4. Matos, MOZ2.8 
 5. Almeida, CPV2.8 
 6. Amin, EGY2.4 
 7. Akanda-C., CAN2.4 
 8. Boundou, GAB2.0 
 9. Maturure, ZIM2.0 
 10. Harras, MOR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vitalis CHIKOKO
  ZIM
  (207-F/C-91)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Chikoko, ZIM3.2 
 2. Mejri, TUN2.5 
 3. Lasme, GAB1.8 
 4. Dieng, SEN1.3 
 5. Aminu, NGR1.3 
 6. Moreira, ANG1.3 
 7. Oraby, EGY1.3 
 8. Almeida, CPV1.2 
 9. Sene, SEN1.2 
 10. Mascarenhas, CPV1.2 
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