Coach thumbs up First Bank despite fourth-place finish
First Bank’s Assistant Coach, Taiye Adeniyi, believes her team acquitted themselves well despite being unable to make the final of the just concluded 21st African Champions Cup for Women hosted by Angola.
First Bank came fourth in the competition after losing to Ferrovairo of Mozambique in the third place game.
Analysing the performance of her team, Adeniyi said First Bank’s performance showed that the players have moved to a higher plane considering the way they battled for points in every game.
She, however, said that losing the third place game against Ferroviario was painful, adding that the third place was always a difficult one to play.
The Elephant Girls also lost the third place game last year to host CS Sfax, Tunisia.
She revealed that the management of the team would bring in new players to boost the squad, adding that preparation for next season would begin after a few weeks break.
“The third place match is the most difficult game because it takes a lot of psyching up to bring the players to play after losing the semifinal.
“They would have also been very tired and their performance would also be hampered by injury. It is difficult but what we have to do is to work on the players’ morale, which would complement the technical input they get from the coaches,” she said.
The former national team point guard commended all the teams for their performances and noted that the best teams again qualified for the final, while eventual winners, Primeiro D’Agosto deserved their victory.
“The finalists, Primeiro and Inter Clube, have shown that they are the best in Africa having played three finals in three years. It also means that other teams need a lot of catching up to do.
“However, this depends on how big they want to spend on their teams.”
First Bank arrives today from Luanda, Angola after 10 days at Africa’s elite women basketball club event.
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