Wheelchair basketball team prepares for World Championship

The Nigeria U-23 Wheelchair basketball team has begun preparation for the U-23 World Championship in 2017.

Head Coach of the Nigeria U-23 Wheelchair Basketball team, Obrien Adoki, has expressed confidence that their chance of qualifying for the World Championship in 2017 was bright.

He said on the sidelines of the team’s preparation at the National Stadium, Lagos that they were well prepared for the Africa Qualifiers coming up in South Africa.

“We have worked hard toward grabbing the only available world championship ticket in the forthcoming Africa U-23 Championship in South Africa which begins on Dec. 3.

“We are going to play against four other countries and we are confident of progressing to the world championship by beating all other contenders to the ticket.

“We know it is a tough task because every other opposition are coming with the best players and also with the determination to achieve but we will rise to every challenge,’’ Adoki said.

He added that the final team list would be ready on Wednesday while the players continued to fight for a place.

“The players on ground are doing well to make the team, as it is, it is very competitive.

“All of them are home-grown and we will only pick the best players to represent the country,’’ Adoki said.

He added that all logistics were in good control to see the team depart on Sunday to compete for a spot in the world championship.

Adoki assured Nigerians that the players would return with victory and would not disappoint.

“We have won silver medals in the 2012 and 2014 editions, but unfortunately did not qualify.

“We are aiming for the gold and we are confident of achieving our aim.

“The competition is very key to us as we understand the need to fly the nation’s flag at an international event,’’ Adoki said.



Aisha JM