Rivers Hoopers head coach, Ogoh Odaudu has promised a good outing at the upcoming FIBA Africa Zone 3 Qualifiers in Cotonou next month.
After a 7 year absence on the Continent, Hoopers will be making a return as one of Nigeria’s representatives alongside Civil Defenders of Abuja.
While Defenders beat Mark Mentors in Abuja, Police Baton lost to Hoopers in the NBBF abridged league held in Port Harcourt last week.
The two-time league champions last participated on the Continent in 2011 in Morocco.
Rivers Hoopers head coach, Ogoh Odaudu who led the team to consecutive Continental outings says it feels great returning to the Continent.
“It is always a great feeling going to play on the continent not just because you are going to travel out but because you are going to meet teams who are from different countries and who play against teams who have different style of play.
“It’s a great experience and we are actually looking forward to it. We are going to put in a lot of hard work and put up a good performance when we get there.”
Nigeria’s representatives, Hoopers and Civil Defenders are expected to face opposition from Clubs in Zone 3 which comprises of 8 National Federations from Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Liberia, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo.
Only two teams will qualify for the new Afro League competition designed by FIBA Africa scheduled to commence in January 2019.
The FIBA Africa Zone 3 Qualifiers will take place between December 3 – 8 in Cotonou, Benin Rep.