Anwil Wloclawek of Poland point-guard, Chamberlain Oguchi says D' Tigers have an uphill task of qualifying from their Rio 2016 Olympics Group B which comprises Argentina, Spain, Lithuania, Brazil.
Oguchi who is hoping the experience of the London 2012 Olympics will be helpful in their quest of sealing a quarter-final berth in Rio say the African Champions are in a competitive group.
"My first thought following the draw like most was, 'Wow!'" he said to FIBA.com. "Four top-10 teams – one being the host nation – make Group B an extremely competitive one.
"Argentina and Lithuania are teams we faced off with in the 2012 Olympic Games, so we have a fairly good idea of what to expect from these two teams in particular. Regardless, each team in Group B will have their work cut out for them if they intend to advance from the group."
"Experience is an intangible asset that you can't teach, and I believe our experience having played in the 2012 Olympics is something we can and will use to our advantage," he said.
Oguchi adds that playing against familiar foes like Argentina and Lithuania will be an herculean task, and also recounts his experience of being an Olympic athlete. But the idea of being a two-time Olympian is a feeling that's indescribable for the 29 year.
Oguchi added: "Along with being comprised of very skilled players, Argentina and Lithuania both have the aforementioned experience factor. Both countries have a prominent basketball history in such events, and are typically comprised of veteran players. This makes them formidable opponents year in and year out. Having said that, it is our goal to contend for one of these medals also."
"I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about the crossover from Group Phase to Quarter-Finals," Oguchi said. "It's a dream of any athlete to stand on an Olympic podium to accept an Olympic medal. However, with such a daunting schedule, the only suitable approach will be one day and game at a time."
"It was an honor and privilege to represent my country on such a prestigious platform during the 2012 London Olympics and I plan to again represent Nigeria to the best of my God-given abilities during the Rio 2016 Olympics."
"I look forward to displaying my 'Oguchi Salute' a lot more in Rio 2016," he said.
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