Rio Olympics: D’Tigers Storm China For Stankovic Cup
The senior national basketball team, D’Tigers, yesterday left the Los Angeles camp in the United States with a 19-man delegation of 13 players and six officials to Beijing, China to participate in the Stankovic Cup.
The competition which begins on Tuesday is part of the training programme to prepare the African Champions for the Olympic Games which commences on August 5 in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
Captain of D’Tigers, Olumide Oyedeji, who disclosed yesterday said the 13 players heading to China include returnee Ekene Ibekwe who was part of the team to the 2012 London Olympics.
Also on the trip are Ebi Ere and Josh Akognon, both of whom were part of the team to the 2006 World Championship in Japan as well as Daniel Nwaelele.
Key players of the Afrobasket squad who yet to join the camp are the Aminu bothers of Alade and Al-Farouq. Al-Farouq is currently in Nigeria running his 2016 Aminu Basketball Clinic which kicked off in Ibadan yesterday.
The 2-day event which ends today, Aminu said is his way of giving back to the society by helping to hone the skills of young talents.
About 40 kids aged 14 to 18 are being taken on skills clinics in areas like lay ups, defence, passing, ball handling and jab series.