The FIBA 3×3 Basketball Africa cup billed for Lome is weeks away and team Nigeria have geared up preparations towards the event.
Captain of the Nigerian team Abdul Yahaya believes that the team is in high spirit for them to retain the FIBA Africa 3×3 trophy in which they won last year in Lome, Togo.
The Kano Pillars star who was team captain for the D’Tigers who lifted the trophy last year told FIBA that he believes they are capable of repeating its feat in Lome and have set their target for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan.
“There’s a whole lot to look ahead to at the final round of this year’s FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup. First is our desire and determination to retain the African title we won in 2017. We also want to accumulate points that would help us in regards to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he said.
Yahaya also added that retaining the trophy would be difficult considering them as defending champions which will has made tournament favourite.
“There are several teams that have experience from the 3×3 basketball at different levels and it is certain that they would come out very strong this time around. We are the defending champions and it’s no news that other African countries will come really hard on us this time.
“But we have learnt a lot from our FIBA 3×3 World Cup outing in the Philippines. We have learnt a couple of interesting 3×3 tricks and we hope that can work to our advantage.”
The skipper is also looking forward to making Nwora’s D’TIGERS national team that just qualified for the 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP and believes his performances at the FIBA 3X3 AFRICA CUP might end him a place in the team.
“My target is to be on the D’Tigers team to the 2019 World Cup. Of course, I’m not going to just sit and hope for it to happen. I’m going to work really hard to attain that goal and the FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup is a good opportunity to show that I belong there.”
The Nigeria’s 3X3 basketball team are in pool C alongside Uganda and Cape Verde and opens their account against Cape Verde on the 10th of November 2018 by 14:50 Nigerian time.