American Coach, Alan Major has replaced Alex Nwora as the coach of the Nigerian senior basketball Team, D’Tigers ahead of the 2021 Afrobasket. He will be working closely with Mike Brown.
Major guided the Patriot of Rwanda to the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) where the team finished in the fourth position. He is remembered for having steered Patriots to the semi-finals of the BAL tournament.
He is a veteran coach with more than 20 years of experience, having coached in various USA college basketball programs.
He also worked as the Director of Player Development for Texas Women’s Basketball, as well as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Ohio State, Southern Illinois.
NBBF however stated that Coach Nwora remains an integral part of the D’Tigers’ technical set-up as well as the basketball family in Nigeria.
The federation said the technical crew remains intact while shedding more light on the recent rumors about the resignation of Coach Nwora after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Nwora who guided the team to the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket silver medal in Tunisia before picking the 2019 FIBA World Cup ticket was named Associate Head Coach following the arrival of renowned Golden State Warriors coach, Mike Brown.
NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida on Monday in Lagos while assessing the team’s performance at the Tokyo Games, said the coaching crew remains intact and will be working closely with Brown.
“Coach Alex Nwora in recent times has had few challenges personally by way of health. He has also expressed that he wants to actually be more present in his job in the college team (Erie College) of which he is the coach,” Kida said.
Kida saluted Nwora for his passion and commitment towards basketball development in Nigeria.
“We will not forget his labour of love and his sacrifice. His commitment was second to none and he has written his name in our basketball history.”
Nigeria is considered one of the teams to beat in the Afrobasket tournament. They were placed in Group C alongside Ivory Coast, Mali and Kenya.
Meanwhile, a number of teams have arrived in Kigali for the tournament. So far, the teams that have already arrived in Kigali are South Sudan, Central Africa, and Egypt.