By Johnny Edward:
Soles de Mexicali forward Chamberlain Oguchi has backed D'Tigers coach Will Voigt to guide the team to another FIBA AfroBasket title next year in Congo Brazzaville, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Oguchi who joined Mexican club, Soles de Mexicali from Polish club, Anwil Wloclawek in September says the 40 year old gaffer has the tactical prowess inject fresh players to make the team more formidable ahead of the tournament.
Oguchi in an interview with FIBA.com also added that he will be prepared to offer strategies if Nigeria gets the hosting rights for the 2023 World Cup.
"Coach Voigt is a good fit for Nigeria basketball because of his humility and vast basketball knowledge,"
"He embraces the Nigerian culture and people as if he had Nigerian blood in his veins. Along with that, coach Voigt possesses the tactical prowess that Nigeria basketball teams have historically lacked."
"Nigerians love basketball. Should Nigeria host the 2023 World Cup it would be an amazing event. I believe it is feasible if the appropriate people were delegated to help organize and carry out such an event. I’m sure Shane Lawal, the Aminu brothers, Ike Diogu, myself, and others could come up with some brilliant strategies if given the opportunity."
He however claims he had no regrets over his participation at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil but was disappointed that D'Tigers could only manage a win in the tournament having lost four games.
"I personally don't have any regrets. I played my heart out for my country as well as the men beside me, and for that I hold no regrets. Without a doubt the positives outweighed the negatives during my 2016 Olympic experience.
"Although disappointed in the end result (Nigeria won once and lost four games), more often than not the journey tends to be more gratifying than the wins and losses. Considering that I'm my biggest and toughest critic, I'm rarely ever satisfied with my performances. However, that's what Tokyo 2020 is for."