Nigeria’s Men’s Basketball team coach, Alex Nwora has come down hard on Cameroon Basketball Federation (FECABASKET) over the match-fixing allegation levied against D’Tigers, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.
FECABASKET officials had alleged that D’Tigers wilfully lost to Cote d’Ivoire to aide their qualification for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
He said such careless statement borne out of frustration and which is capable of bringing the sport into disrepute should not be taken lightly by FIBA.
Nwora blasted Cameroon insisting they embarked on a self-destruct mission during the qualifiers which ultimately cost them a World Cup ticket.
Nwora said, “If such is coming from Cameroon that is hypocrisy.
“Angry Cameroonians should hold their federation responsible for costing the country a place in China after their gamble backfired.”
Nwora reckoned that losing 5 games in the qualifying series sealed their fate.
He wondered how much cash or incentives would have been enough for the players and the coaching crew for the match to have been fixed.
“I wanted to go undefeated, make history for my country. Do you how much Nigeria has for Cameroon to insinuate that we came here to sell a game? How much are they going to pay us? Who will pay us to sell a game?
“These are professional players who make money. If they want to do something right, they should not blame their stupidity on these kids and Nigeria because these guys are professionals.”
He described the allegation as an insult on his person, profession, players and what the NBBF stands for.
The US based coach is threatening legal action against FECABASKET or any individual who will stop at nothing to malign his name.
“If anybody is trying to question my integrity, my country and the people that I represent, that is an insult and this is the last time I want to hear that. If my name comes in, I will sue Cameroon or whoever does that.”