The Nigeria Basketball Federation officials have said they are proud that the decision to appoint Alex Nwora as D’Tigers’ coach has paid off handsomely. They spoke on the backdrop of the team’s performance since he took charge and especially qualifying for the FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup in China.
NBBF board member, Samuel Ahmedu who spoke on behalf of the board said the decision which was greeted with scepticism by a section of the basketball family has now been justified with the results recorded since he took over.
Ahmedu who was part of the team’s delegation to the final qualification window in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, said that with Nigerians having been used to high profile and popular coaches, appointing Nwora was unexpected on the eve of the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket.
“Nigerians are used to high profile coaches, so when they heard of Alex Nwora, a lot of people were sceptical. I don’t blame them because apart from coaching Cape Verde and coming to Nigeria to do camps once in a while, he was relatively unknown in Nigeria.”
The NBBF said appointing Nwora was an easy decision as other coaches who were being considered and contacted did not turn up.
“Ime Udoka (Assistant Coach, San Antonio Spurs) and Dominic Okon (Assistant Coach, Wichita State University in the NCAA) were also invited (in various capacities) but they did not come. Alex was the one who came and took the opportunity.”
The FIBA Africa Zone 3 President said the initial belief that Nwora’s appointment was based on sentiments has now being dispelled with many embracing his style.
“As a member of the NBBF, I thank our President, Vice President and all other board members for giving him an opportunity because if he never had that opportunity, we would never have known what he can do.”