Head coach of the Nigeria senior men’s basketball team, Mike Brown, says that African teams have the potential to compete with some of the best national teams in the world.
The former Golden State Warrior coach was also of the opinion that the teams from the continent are physically gifted to achieve greater heights in the game, but needed things to be put in the right perspectives by African basketball federations.
Brown took charge of the D’Tigers for the very first time at Afrobasketball qualifier in Kigali, Rwanda and had his team performed excellently well under his tutelage, winning all their three matches against South Sudan, Rwanda and Mali.
Speaking to Nigeria Basketball Federation media, in a video posted on their Twitter platform, the 50-year-old gaffer emphasised on the uniqueness of African players.
“The game of basketball in Africa is unique from the standpoint that every team you look at there is life, there is athleticism and I think there is quickness necessary for the game,” Brown said while speaking with the NBBF Media.
“You put that all together in trying to bring out mass potential that each of these African countries has, it is something that everybody is striving for.
“And once that’s done basketball in Africa is going to take off because physically, they are there, a lot of physically gifted players and now we just have to get little organised, get more coaching loaded with more structure and we can compete with the best of them around the world.