The Nigerian Basketball Federation has announced that Mfon Udofia will coach D’Tigers when the 2015 AfroBasket champions take on South Sudan, Mali and Rwanda in their final qualifiers for the 2021 men’s Afrobasket championship in Monastir, Tunisia, from February 19 to 21.
This was made known in a statement from the NBBF on Sunday.
Udofia is currently an assistant coach with Skyhawks in the NBA G League and he is set to become the youngest coach ever to handle the senior men’s national team of Nigeria.
The 31-year-old, who joined D’Tigers’ technical crew just before the 2019 FIBA World Cup, will fill in for head coach, Mike Brown, currently tied down by Golden State Warriors campaign in the NBA.
NBBF president, Musa Ahmadu-Kida, expressed confidence that the absence of Mike Brown and his assistant, Alex Nwora, who will also not make the trip to Tunisia, won’t affect the team’s outing.
“Mike Brown is doing his primary job and occupied at this time as the assistant coach with Golden State Warriors,” Ahmadu-Kida said.
“Coach Alex is staying back for very personal and intimate reasons which we understand. Our head coach to Tunisia will be Mfon Udofia.
“He was with us at the World Cup. They are all hands we are very used to. Our General Manager, Musa Adamu, will be there and of course the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Federation, Babs Ogunade.
“So, we have a rolling belt. We can pick people as they are available, which will not stop us from having a good show.”
Meanwhile, D’Tigers will camp for a week in Tunisia before the start of the qualifiers, NBBF vice-president, Babs Ogunade, said.
“Our players are busy with club engagements at this point, but the federation is putting every logistics in place to make sure the players arrive Tunisia early for the qualifiers.”
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