Abuja – Coach Lateef Erinfolami of First Deep Water club, the defending champions of Zenith Bank Basketball Female League, has said that they would strive to retain the title they won in 2012/2013 season.
Erinfolami on Tuesday in a telephone interview said that the club would not underestimate any of their opponents.
First Deep Water of Lagos placed top of Group A with 14 points in the second phase of the league concluded last week in Ilorin.
“I don’t want to underestimate any of the teams because you can have a bad day.
“But some of the teams have improved tremendously throughout the whole of the year, from the beginning of the first phase to the second phase.
“Like First Bank, they have improved, they have recruited foreign players and the players of all those teams have improved individually, they have stepped up.
“So, we won’t go back and relax (because) any team can come up and spring surprise, but I really believe that if we can pay attention to small details, we will actually retain our cup.
Erinfolami added that the club would need to put in extra efforts because the players were not at their best during the just concluded second phase.
“We will actually work on one or two things because this team haven’t been training at all; we have not been practicing at all.
“Because we had some in-house issues but once everything is put right we are going to get a chance to train for one or two weeks to get ourselves ready for the final phase,’’ Erinfolami said.
He however noted that apart from experience that had kept the club for so long, they had succeeded over the years because of their technical abilities on the court.
“I will say it is experience technically and individually but other teams have experience also, Dolphins have been together now for three or four years.
“I won’t actually say it is our experience; it is more of technically what we are doing on the court.
“So, we try and watch our opponents and try to do different things to play them because we don’t play the same way.
First Deep Water with seven other clubs qualified for the final eight play-offs in Lagos to decide the winners of the league. (NAN)