The Nigeria Basketball Federation has announced the senior national team, D’Tigers wi begin camping for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket qualifiers on November 23, 2020.
According to the NBBF Secretary General, Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi, the players are expected to fly into Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda from their various bases.
On the duration of the final camping exercise, NBBF President, Ahmadu-Musa Kida revealed that the federation would have loved to have a longer final training camp for the qualifiers, but due to the prevailing factors, camp will have to open four days before the team’s first game.
“Longer camping period would have been the best option for the team. It would have enabled the boys to have enough time to blend under Coach Mike Brown.
“Some of the players are preparing for the new season with their clubs while some are actively involved in the Euro League, so we cannot snatch them away for long.”
The NBBF President also explained that the financial implication on the federation also discouraged any attempt to embark on an extended final camping exercise.
“We have to be honest with ourselves as a federation. Funding is a key determinant for most of our plans and programs. According to the popular saying, cut your coat according to your size, but for us at the federation, it is cutting our cost according to our cloth. Maybe in future, when our financial fortunes improve, we can camp players for as long as necessary.”
The team is grouped alongside host- Rwanda, Mali and Algeria who recently withdrew from the qualifiers taking place between November 27 to 29 in Kigali.