LAGOS (FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016)- Nigerian side First Bank are certainly not resting on their oars as they resume training less than three days after returning to base.
The ''Elephant Girls'' are already gearing up for action as the head coach, Peter Favour Ahmedu has thrown open the battle for the 12-woman roster that would be at this year's FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women.
And, according to Ahmedu, there is no time to rest as he and his girls have a tall task ahead of them.
“There’s so much to be done before we head to Mozambique. The girls are back to training and they understand that they can’t live in dream land having won the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women Zone 3 Qualifiers in Lome, Togo," the Nigerian tactician told FIBA.com
“Our last outing in Angola was a fourth place finish and I think we can make a greater impact as the girls are determined to make a difference this time around,” he stated.
Asked why he didn’t give a break to his girls before resuming training, Coach Ahmedu insisted that he was far from impressed with the performance of his team at the qualifiers in Lome, Togo.
“Though, we won the qualifiers of FIBA Africa Zone 3, the level of the tournament did not bring out the best in my team hence our immediate return to training. We need to be ready for the task in Mozambique because the teams coming for the final round would not be easy to beat.
''The other reason is that we need to see the four players that we’re bringing in for Mozambique. At the moment, we are expecting two players from the United States of America and two from Mexico and Cote d’ Ivoire respectively.”
“Our target is a podium finish.I believe strongly that we can achieve that goal'', he offered.
Mozambique holds found memories for First Bank Basketball Club as they won their first FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women in Maputo back in 2003.
The tournament hosted by Maxaquene, was contested by 6 clubs in a round-robin system and First Bank ended the round-robin tournament with a 5–0 unbeaten record to win their first title and qualified for the 2004 FIBA Women's World League.