Mohammed Khaled and the Nima-Maamobi team let loose a few primal howls as they left the court, cutting through the gloomy faces of their fans after failing to qualify to the semi-final stage in the ongoing Indomie Community Dunks.
After back-to-back defeats to Burma Camp and Cantonments, the home side headed home without maximum points but coach Khaled insists his charges are still in the learning process.
Nima-Maamobi with an average age of 12 will be one of the exciting teams to watch in the next three years as they still fall within the age bracket.
Maamobi did spectacularly well with star man Treasure Botchway displaying individual basketball drills that got him many admirers.
His touches, technique and eye-catching display on the court has so far made him stand out as the best performer in the competition.
They could not go past their last two opponents, but their trainer insists he is not disappointed at the turn of events as he picks the positives from the defeats.
“It was kind of technical difficulties for us. We were confident of winning against Burma camp but unfortunately we lost once again,”
“Despite the fact that we lost against them, everybody here will attest to the fact that we were the better side. They used their physique to intimidate my boys,”
“We spoke with them and they continued to push. Trust me it will remain only a matter of time before they blossom into mature players by next year and the few years ahead,”
“We have an average age of 12 and so you can imagine they will be playing in the competition for the next three or so years and surely the experience that we have garnered from this game will go a long way to help us.”
The side will wrap up their final group B game against fellow strugglers Ridge on Saturday August 18.