FIBA Africa club tourney will be tough for Pillars – coach

Posted on Nov 20 2017 - 12:14pm by admin

Idris Adesina

Kano Pillars coach, Sani Ahmed, has predicted a tough outing for the club at the 2017 FIBA Africa Club Championship in Tunisia from December 8 to 17.

The Nigeria Premier Basketball League champions will  represent FIBA Africa Zone 3 along with fellow Nigerian side Gombe Bulls. The two clubs qualified for the competition after finishing first and second at the FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers, which ended in Lagos on Saturday.

The FIBA Africa Club Championship features 12 clubs from the seven zones making up FIBA Africa.

FIBA Africa Zone 3 comprises Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger, Liberia, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.

Ahmed, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, said the team  would not get carried away with their victory at the zonal level.

“Playing in the zonal competition is quite tough but I know that a tougher task is waiting for us in Tunisia if we are to win the title,” he said.

“Countries coming to the competition are also champions. We have a good team and the task of winning games can only be done one at a time.

“It was exciting and good to win this zonal title again after winning it last year but more work needs to be done for us to excel at the African Championship. I tell the players not to believe that the race is over until we go to Tunisia and return with the trophy.

“We will return to work because this competition has shown that we can do better than we did last year at the African Championship. We finished fourth in Egypt last year but the target this year is to go for the title. We missed it then, we want to win it now.”

He added, “We have not won the title and any team that underrates us are doing so at their own peril. We will be ready to take on Africa and emerge victorious.”

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