Basketball: 3×3 national teams depart for 2019 AFCON

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The delegations of 3×3 D’ Tiger, D ’Tigress National team and Under-18 team will today depart the country to Kampala, Uganda to participate at the FIBA 3X3 Africa Cup Africa Nations Cup slated for 8th -10th November 2019

The tournament is expected to attract 12 teams in the Open Category of men and women and 12 teams of Under 18 players from all over Africa, making a total of 48 teams and 192 players.

Speaking during one of the team’s training at the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, the national team coordinator of Nigeria 3X3 Basketball Frank Jutiboh said that the team is determined to emerge victorious.

“We are ready, I am very optimistic that we are going to do well; I can tell you that the entire player selected is outstanding both for male and female.”

In the same vein, the National 3×3 team’s Head Coach Chris Acha, said they are going to Uganda to make a statement.

“We don’t just want to participate, we want to make a statement, we have been camp for 8 weeks trying to put everything in place and as it’s now we are ready to go to represent Nigeria well.

“I scout for all these players and they are good enough to go. In the women category, we have Under-18 and Senior Team we have the best players in camp. We have selected the best shooters, best defenders.

“Last year’s male got silver, girls came fourth but this year it’s going to be a different story entirely because we have put everything in place.”

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Also speaking the Male team’s Captain David Godwin said:  “I think we are set and ready to deliver, we did not lacking anything, no injuries no challenges and we are highly motivated we are going for a gold medal.

“We not under pressure to deliver, we are playing as a team, we understood each other more, we are going to support each other on our strength and our weakness, we have been together for a while so, we are good to go.”

On her own, the Female team’s Captain Theresa Mac-Dangosu expressed: “We have been working hard for this competition and I believe we are going to do well.

“We have all it takes to make Nigerian proud, we have experienced coaches here and we have been to two months of rigorous training, we have improved in every area, so we are going out there to represent Nigeria very well.

“All we need is the support and prayer of every Nigerian for us to succeed,” she said.

Nigeria will play in Group D Nigeria Mauritius, Uganda

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