2019 FIBAWCQ: Kida expects D’Tigers to face tough competition

2019 FIBAWCQ: Kida expects D’Tigers to face tough competition

NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida expects the D’Tigers to face tough competition in the fourth window of the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers in Lagos next week.

Unlike the third window in June were D’Tigers cruised past Mali, Rwanda and Uganda, Nigeria will play against former champions Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Central Africa Republic from September 14-16.

Nigeria are currently leading the Group D ahead of Senegal, Coted I’voire and Central Africa Republic but a 3-0 record in the September window will ensure they are one win away from the World Cup.

Kida said fans should not expect an easy ride over their opponents who will also be desperate to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in China.

“I am quite assured that September window is going to be tough but I am confident that our team will live up to its name as number 1 in Africa.”

Kida said the September window which is the second consecutive qualifiers that Lagos will be hosting is very important for the federation to show Nigerians the calibre and quality of Nigerian players who are willing to come and play for their country.

He reiterated that, “The federation believes that the best should represent the country and I echo that very loudly and that is the reason why Nigeria has always won in the last one year most of the tournaments that she has participated in.”

“We have opened up the space to invite our top players, we have been very open also for any professional Nigerian playing outside the country and within the country to present themselves so that they can try out in camp”, he continued.

The D’Tigers camp has already been declared opened with the arrival of head coach, Alex Nwora and his assistant, Ogoh Odaudu.

All players are expected to report to camp on Sunday, September 9th.

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