D’Tigress Head Coach, Otis Hughley is confident his team have the chances of successfully defending their FIBA Afrobasket title when the competition gets underway on August 9, 2019.
Following the team’s pairing against Tunisia and Cameroon at the official draw ceremony held in Dakar, Senegal, Otis said the team can mount a strong title defense with the talents at his disposal.
Having led the team to a historic eighth place finish at the 2018 World Cup in Spain, Otis is aware of the buzz already created around D’Tigress ranked number 2 in Africa.
The team will hope to bury the ghost of their 2015 misadventure where they narrowly lost to host, Cameroon 70-71 points in the semi final under Coach Scott Nnaji.
“I know Cameroon has a good history against us. They beat Nigeria in the semi final in 2015. At this level, anybody can be beaten any day, so we are taking all the teams as the same. No matter who they are, we are going to play them hard”, the coach said.
Despite exuding confidence about their chances at the AFROBASKET holding in Dakar, Senegal, Otis cautioned that winning the title for the fourth time will not come cheap.
“It is a round ball, no matter what, it is still going to bounce. We are still going to worry about health and how the chemistry is going to pan out this year because we have not had enough time to train together”.
The reigning African Champions went 8 games unbeaten to clinch the 2017 title in Bamako, Mali, defeating Senegal 65-48 points to win the title.
Nigeria (Defending Champions), Senegal (host), Mali and Angola have been tipped as favorites by bookmakers.