FIBA U16 Africa: Fubara Oyanabo to change strategy

FIBA U16 Africa: Fubara Oyanabo to change strategy

Head coach of the Nigeria’s U16 Basketball Team, Fubara Oyanabo has shifted his focus on the game against Angola at the FIBA U16 Africa Championship taking place in Praia, Cape Verde on Tuesday.

The Junior Tigers bounced back from their opening loss to Egypt on Saturday to beat Cape Verde 64-39 twenty fours later.

Oyanabo praised his boys for following instructions which helped them pull off a win against the host.

The Port Harcourt based coach said the tactics to be adopted will be uniquely tailored to the opposition while assuring Nigeria of an improved performance by the lads when they file out for their third game at the ongoing FIBA U16 Africa Championship.

“Everything depends on the strength and quality of the opposition. The Cape Verdeans are not too tall and strong, while against Egypt, we were out rebounded both offensively and defensively but against Cape Verde, it was different.

“We are going to adopt a different strategy against Angola. We are coming to the court and we are not going to respect anybody because we are all here to ball,”said Oyanabo.

Having admitted that the journey to the final seems far, Oyanabo said the only way to appreciate the Nigeria Basketball Federation is to qualify for the 2019 FIBA U17 World Championship in Bulgaria.

“As you are aware, the last time we took part in this competition was in 2015. For the NBBF to bring us here means we are here for serious business. We are here to qualify for the World Cup.”

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