–NBA star in top shape for D’Tigers ahead AAG In Congo
National men’s basketball team, D’Tigers will definitely not be in Congo for the 2015 All Africa Games to make up the number but to show the rest of the continent that Nigeria is blessed with quality players that can force the entire world to focus on the country during the sports fiesta.
Qualifying for the competition with largely domestic players and under a domestic league coach were all Nigeria needed to prove at that level that talents abound in the country but beyond the qualification round, the Nigeria Basketball Federation , NBBF need the best the country can boast of in the foreign leagues to excel.
And this Complete Basketball Magazine can reveal today that having watched NBA’s Dallas Mavericks forward, Al Farouk Aminu helped his club to beat LA Lakers right on their home ground at Staples Center live on Sunday night in the United States of America, the former Los Angeles Clippers player who W’s drafted in 2010 in first round and 8 pick overall is one of the players Nigeria need to do well at the All Africa Games in Congo.
Aminu, no doubt one of the valued players in the Dallas Mavericks team scored 10 points In the game as he combined effort with other players to see the visiting team beat LA Lakers 120-106 on Sunday.
Coach Sani Ahmed who said shortly after qualifying for the competition that Nigeria need all her best foreign based players may afterall be right and that now put him at work on how to get these players for the All Africa Games.
Aminu according to club officials, has been very consistent this season in the NBA and will be quite instrumental to the senior national men’s basketball team in Congo.
Speaking with London Lions Basketball Club of England player and D’Tigers captain, Olumide Oyedeji, he said Nigeria is blessed with players across the world and getting them for the All Africa Games will help the nation to do well.
“It was not easy qualifying for the All Africa Games but we need to work really hard to make sure we do well in Congo. There are many Nigerians playing in big leagues out there and we need to make sure we get some of them if they will be available. I am sure a couple of them want to play for Nigeria”, Oyedeji said shortly after beating Burkina Faso in Lagos to qualify.
Meanwhile, coach Sani Ahmed has been busy working on his programme for both the All Africa Games and the Olympic Games with the support of the Nigeria Basketball Federation and he has assured that he will do his best to ensure D’Tigers did not disappoint in both competitions.