Basketball: Jordan Nwora Never Thought Of Playing For D’Tigers - Mum
Jordan Nwora is the son of Nigeria’s senior basketball team coach, Alex Nwora.
He made his debut for Nigeria against Uganda in a FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifiers on June 29.
Though he struggled in that game, the 19-year-old improved the next day against Rwanda to the delight of his mum and sister, who were present at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos to watch him.
By the time Jordan played his third game for Nigeria on July 1, 2018, against Mali, the teenager looked more confident.
Jordan’s 36 points against Mali on the day was the most points ever scored by a Nigerian player in a major tournament, surpassing Ike Diogu's 31-point mark (which he achieved twice).
The teenager, who plays for Louisville Cardnals College basketball team did not think of playing for Nigeria until his father became the coach, and that was revealed to Bounce News by his mum.
“He never really thought too much about it. Until when his father became a coach he thought he could play for Nigeria.
“His ultimate dream is the NBA, but for sure, playing for the Nigeria national team, for his father, is a big achievement for him.”
“Father and son in the Nigeria national team is pretty amazing, its been a long time coming. My husband has wanted this for long – to coach the national team, so having both (father and son) at the same time is quite amazing.”
Jordan is excited to play for Nigeria and is willing to give his best when the finals phase of qualifiers dunk off in September.
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