By Patrick Omorodion, Abidjan
Contrary to reports that Team Nigeria’s Chamberlain Oguche has been banned from the on-going 2013 Afrobasket in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Chief Coach of the team, Ayo Bakare has said the player is not on any ban.
According to Bakare, the sport’s continental governing body, Fibaafrica only advised the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF not to feature him in this competition following the withdrawal of his clearance of participation pending the completion of their investigation of some issues with his club.
“Fiba just advised that we do not play him because his clearance to play in this tournament has been temporarily suspended until they conclude their investigation on issues they have not disclosed. The issue, I leanrt has to do with his club in Spain and not the national team,” he said.
He stressed that the NBBF and the coaching crew are particularly worried that the issue in question has to be communicated to the team a few days to the commencement of their first match, adding,”we have been in touch to tell us the reason for this action at this time and I must confess to you that it is a blow to us as he is the pivot of our team. We have already readjusted our strategies to accommodate the unfortunate incident.”
Coach Bakare added that both Oguche’s Spanish club and the NBBF are still communicating with Fibaafrica in order to resolve the issue as quickly as possible so the player can rejoin the team in their quest to win the trophy for the first.
Tunisia in stunning victory over Burkina Faso.
Defending champions of the Afrobasket, Tunisia yesterday virtually rolled over one of the debutants in the Afrobasket, Burkina Faso, creating a mark of the widest margin victory lead so far here after thumping their opponents 100-45.
The Tunisians who managed a slim win of 56-54 over fellow north Africans, Morocco scored a stunning 51-1 lead during the match which also saw them with a scoring run of 11-0 and 53-22 while their top player, Ben Romdhane Macram scored the highest point of 23 in the encounter.
Meanwhile with their two wins, the Tunisians now top Group B and will play their last group match against Rwanda on Sunday.