D’Tigers head coach, Alex Nwora believes that hard work and good team bonding will boost their chances of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Nwora who was a guest at the PEAK International Invitational Tournament in China on Sunday also hinted that he will hand invitation to new players ahead of the fourth round qualifiers.
The 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup Group F fourth round qualifiers will be staged in Lagos, Nigeria between the 14th and 16th of September.
Host nation Nigeria currently lead Group F with 12 points from six games, while Senegal is second with 11 points.
Central Africa Republic and Rwanda occupy the third and fourth spots with nine points respectively.
Cote d’Ivoire and Mali are both on fifth and sixth positions respectively with eight points.
“I am very happy with where we are as a team, I think we can do better. We still have a long way to go to be able to have that type of team to compete with anybody in the world,” Nwora siad in a media statement made available to Completesportsnigeria.com on Tuesday through the Nigerian Basketball Federation.
“We have a very good chance, but nothing is cast on stone yet. The more you work, the more confident you become. If we keep doing what we are doing and keep pushing forward, the odds favour us.
“We will do what we are supposed to do without cutting corners.
“We still have to get stronger as a team, unit rotation and also availability of players which is the biggest problem, which I hope we will find a way to fix.”