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D’Tigers, D’Tigresses resume camp on May 10



Oluyole Warriors’ Goke Abiona (left) going for a dunk against Union Bank during their 2015 DStv Premier Basketball League game at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. The home-based players and their foreign-based counterparts will begin camping for the All Africa Games and Afrobasket Championship… on May 10.

The senior national basketball teams will resume camping on May 10 to begin final preparations for the forthcoming Congo 2015 All Africa Games, scheduled to hold from September 4 to 19, and the qualifiers for the Afrobasket Championship for men and women, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

According to Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President, Tijani Umar, the national basketball teams would resume camp on Sunday in Abuja.

Umar said the teams would camp in Nigeria to prepare for the events, adding: “We need to bring a level-playing field for both the overseas-based and home-based players to compete for places on the teams ahead of the tournaments.”

He disclosed that a two-man Task Force, comprising himself and the Federation’s Vice President, who doubles as the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Mukhtar Khaleh, would soon travel to the U.S. in respect of this.

“This is to interface with the U.S.-based players and organize friendlies and prospective training tours ahead of the competitions. “We already have friendly matches and pre-tournament competitions lined up in Europe and in China, but we will also have a training tour in the U.S., even though we will camp in Abuja,

“The task force will leave for the U.S. immediately after the qualification tournament for the 2015 Afrobasket Women in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on May 30.

“The male national basketball team has always had its camping in the U.S. in the last one decade. It’s about time the players, wherever they are based, come to the country and give the fans an opportunity to get to know and interact with them,”the NBBF president said.

While the D’Tigers have already qualified for the Afrobasket and All-Africa Games, the D’Tigress, the women national team, will battle with Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Liberia for qualification to the continental showpieces from May 26 to May 30.

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