Qualifying for the World Cup is big business and the Nigeria’s men basketball team are not taking that task lightly.

The team had their first training in preparation for the 4th Window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers in Lagos on Tuesday, September 11th.

The training which had about 75% of invited players in attendance was supervised by the Head Coach, Alex Nwora.

They will continue training tomorrow (Wednesday, September 12th) at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos as more players arrive.

One of the players in camp, Ikechukwu Nwamu said he is excited to be back in the team after his last outing with the team in 2017 where D’Tigers came second.

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Nwamu has set his sight on learning as much as possible from the experienced members of the squad as they prepare for the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers starting on Friday, September 14th.

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“I want to soak up much knowledge as possibly being one of the younger guys in the team. So, I want to get their experiences and be able to add to my game moving forward”.

Nwamu who has not featured for the team since the Nations Cup in Tunisia said being part of the selected few alongside experienced hands likes Al-Farouq Aminu, Alade Aminu, Ike Diogu, Ben Uzoh and Stanley Okoye to represent Nigeria is a special feeling which any athlete will forever cherish.

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“It’s very special because you put on the green white green and get to represent your country and your family. It’s really a big deal. Not everybody can get to represent the country. So, for us to be able to do this, it’s a blessing.”

The guard who is glad to be back home has ruled out any possibility of being under pressure due to fans’ demands after his 2017 Afrobasket heroics.


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