Angola grabs Nigeria’s coach

Former coach of Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers who led
them to their first ever Afrobasket triumph in Tunisia in 2015, American Will
Voigt has been snapped by rivals, Angola.
Voigt, who incidentally handled the Nigerian team to dethrone Angola two
years ago, is reported to have signed a four year contract with the Angolan
Basketball Federation (FAB) and was unveiled in Luanda on Saturday with a
mandate to help the southern African country regain her top position in the
continent.
Like he did while handling the Nigerian team, the 41-year old American took
along with him two of his Assistants who contributed to the historic
Afrobasket victory, Mathias Eckhoff and John Bryant. Also unveiled with the
trio are another Assistant Sergio Cristvao as well as a physical trainer,
Nataniel Lucas and scout, Emmanuel Mavomo.
Chairperson of the Angolan Federation, Helder Cruz “Maneda” who spoke
glowingly of Voigt at the unveiling ceremony said the new coaching crew’s
immediate task would be to prepare the Angola team for the 2019 World Cup
qualification which opens in the Angolan capital, Luanda tomorrow.
Voigt who started work on Monday after calling the players to camp will play
his first game against Morocco in the first round of the tournament.
It would be recalled that Voigt waited patiently to be recalled by the NBBF to
tinker the D’Tigers for the 2017 Afrobasket which held in both Senegal and
Tunisia but the factional NBBF led by Musa Kida who were in-charge of the
team looked beyond him and drafted Nigerian-born US-based Alex Nwora
instead.
Following the confusion of who was really in-charge of the NBBF, all but one
of the players who won the 2015 Afrobasket did not honour the invitation to
play for the national team.
Only the co-captain of the 2015 team, Ike Diogu who was sidelined by injury
two years ago turned up and eventually propelled the team to the final but
they lost to host, Tunisia. He however, emerged the MVP of the
championship.
Source: Vanguard

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