The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), yesterday, said that Coach Alex Nwora is still an integral part of the senior men’s national basketball team’s (D’Tigers) technical set-up, as well as the basketball family in Nigeria.
The federation said the technical crew remains intact while shedding more light on the recent rumour that Coach Nwora left his position after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Nwora, who guided the team to the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket silver medal in Tunisia before picking the 2019 FIBA World Cup ticket, was named Associate Head Coach following the arrival of renowned Golden State Warriors coach, Mike Brown.
NBBF President, Musa Kida, said yesterday in Lagos while assessing the team’s performance at the games that the coaching crew was still intact and would be working closely with Brown.
Explaining what gave birth to the rumour, Kida said, “Coach Alex Nwora in recent time has had few challenges personally by way of health. He has also said that he wants to actually be more present in his job in the college team (Erie College) of which he is the coach.
“In view of his recent busy schedule and increased commitment with Erie Men’s Basketball team, the federation said Nwora will be with the team on ‘a touch and go’ basis alongside Coach Mfon Udofia (assistant coach), who is their full time.”
Kida saluted Nwora for his passion and commitment towards basketball development in Nigeria. He described the coach as one of the beacons of hope at such a time that the federation needed patriotic Nigerians when it came on board in 2017.
“We will not forget his labour of love and his sacrifice. His commitment was second to none and he has written his name in the history books of our basketball.
“Everybody is there and will be available when they can for them to be on the team and I have full confidence in them,” Kida added.