Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) President Musa Kida has addressed the National Men’s Team Heading Coaching issue stating “nothing has changed” as Mike Brown is still the Head Coach.
He stated this ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 FIBA World Cup qualification games from July 1 to July 3 at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda. Nigeria leads Group A ahead of Mali, Uganda and Cape Verde; Nigeria plays Cape Verde on July 1 at 10:00 GMT.
According to Nigerian Journalist Collin Udoh, Kida insists no changes have been made to the Head Coaching role just yet.
“Nothing has changed, Mike Brown is still our coach… Brown has just come off the NBA Finals [with the Warriors] and needs to time off to recuperate before going to start his new job” Kida stated.
Brown just ended the past NBA season as an Associate Coach on Golden State Warriors title winning team. He accepted to be Sacramento Kings Head Coach for the upcoming season and a stand in Coach is likely to lead Nigeria in Kigali.
Nigeria just came back into the international basketball fray just in time after ending what was supposed to be a two year ban to resolve a leadership crisis. However, the ban’s couldn’t end fast enough to get FIBA to reverse its decision to replace Nigeria with Mali as Africa representative at this year’s Women’s World Cup in Australia.
Below is a full list of players called up to compete in the qualifiers:
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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