Head coach of the Women’s Senior National basketball team, Sam Vincent is optimistic about D’Tigress success at the 2017 Women’s Afrobasket tournament in Mali.
An impressed Vincent who arrived the team’s camp on Wednesday night took charge of the second friendly game against Raptors Basketball club at the Indoor Sports hall of the National Stadium, Lagos on Thursday.
Despite suffering another defeat against Raptors 78-65 their second game in two days ,Vincent said it was an improvement from their first game.
The former NBA player pointed areas they need to work on before jetting out of Nigeria.
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“Defensively, we have to be better, offensively, we have to get a little bit sharper,” Vincent said.
“The good thing is that the tournament is not starting tomorrow. We still have about 7 days and by the time we actually play the game, we will be a little bit sharper than we were tonight,” he said.
The 54year old who led D’Tigress to their second Afrobasket title in 2005 is confident his players can reclaim the title in Mali.
“I definitely feel we can do it again. I feel like this is a great team that we are putting together and now we just have to focus on the last 4 or 5 days before we head to Mali”.
The 2017 Afrobasket Women in Mali will take place between 18-27 August.