Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club coach, Ogoh Daudu has expressed dissatisfaction to the ban on contact sports in Nigeria, saying ‘it has affected the team in a bad way,’ Ojbsport reports.
Ogoh Daudu who led the team to winning the NBBF President Cup in 2019, said that the ban on contact sports in the country is halting their plans, as there is no way the team would start contact training, with the Basketball Africa League approaching,
“It is so sad, not what we all planned for, even though some other events had to shifted, we understand that fact. But as a team it has been affecting us in a bad way, because there is a ban on contact sports, we only pray that it will be lifted as soon as possible, so we can start training.”
Daudu said that, the whole squad understand situation the club are in now, reiterating that the team have a whatsapp group where this players share videos of them training individually, in a bid to keep them fit before tip-off of the mundial.
“They know it is not our fault, we have a WhatsApp Group chat that help to keep them in fine form, and ensure they are getting fat, we have our fitness trainer, who draw out programs for them, mandating them to do a video each of their personal training and send to the WhatsApp group platform.”
Before the competition billed to take place in March was suspended, Rivers Hoopers had signed four foreign players, as part of preparation for the tournament. Now, these players did not play, because of the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ogoh Daudu is apprehensive that the foreign players may have chosen another challenge instead of waiting for the start of the BAL.
“You know it is not a case of Nigeria it is everywhere we do not know if these players are still with us because Basketball is their bread and butter, they would always to want to go somewhere else, but we hope they will be available, if not we get replacements for them.”
According to reports the Basketball Africa League could start before the end of this year.