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Basketball: ASPAC’s coach, captain rate Nigeria high

Despite beating Nigeria Customs in their team’s opening game at the FIBA Africa Zone club basketball Championship, ASPAC coach, Basil Klegou has said that Nigeria basketball is way ahead of that of Benin Republic.

Speaking after his team’s second victory over AS NIGELEC of Togo on match day three, Klegou admitted that the inclusion of two Nigeria players and a Beniniose, Romaric Quenum who returned from the Nigerian league has given a boost to his team.

Kobe Bryant of the United States shoots in the first half during the men's Basketball match against Nigeria on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo:London2012.

Akita Akpara, who played for Bauchi Nets last season was the only one registered, while Victor Koko was not cleared to play for the Benin Republic team.

“It a good development that we have Nigerian players in our team, they have helped improve our players. Basketball in Nigeria is better the Benin and because of the international nature of sports, we were able to get these players to play with us.” Speaking in the same vein, the team’s captain, Hounnou Brice said that their Nigerian imports bring enough to the team but expressed sadness that Koko did not get the clearance that would have enabled him play at this championship.

“The Nigerian players come with a lot of experience and they have helped our players to improve their game. I must admit that they are bringing enough to the team and our players are picking some of their skills,” Brice added.

Incidentally, Romaric played for Custom in the Nigerian league last season and he was instrumental in ASPAC’s victory over Custom leading the court with 20 points.


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