The Nigeria’s senior national basketball team will today slug it out with Argentina in their second group game at the ongoing 2019 FIBA World Cup in Wuhan, The SportsBay reports.
Nwora, who listed 12 debutants in his squad for the tournament admitted that Russia, ranked 10th in the latest FIBA ranking would be a very difficult nut to crack but said a victory is not impossible.
“It’s going to be a tough challenge for us, but we have the ability and the talent to match up their skill set,” Nwora was quoted in a media statement made available to The SportsBay.
“It’s going to be a good one. What we are trying to do is to make sure that we prepare and get ready for the competition.”
Team captain, Ike Diogu added that Russia would be a good test for the team and would afford them the opportunity of assessing where really belonged.
“I have been telling everybody, one through 15, we can match up with anybody in the world. We just have to execute, play hard and I think the odds will be in our favour.”
Minnesota Timberwolves’ shooting guard Josh Okogie, who is looking forward to the tournament, remains optimistic D’Tigers will advance to the quarter-finals.
Okogie needed just one season in the NBA with the Timberwolves to establish himself as a defensive specialist and dunking extraordinaire to attract the attention of the head coach Alex Nwora.
“I am so excited and am very much looking forward to the start of the competition. I’m so proud to be wearing the green jersey, to be representing Nigeria and to show the world that our national team is very competitive,” Okogie told FIBA.basketball.
The crucial match will get underway at 8:55 am Nigeria time. Nigeria lost its first match 77-82 to Russia and hope to bounce back against Argentina.
D’Tigers will play their last group match against South Korea.