LAGOS (FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2017) - Scott Nnaji says Nigeria will not write off any of their FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2017 Group B opponents.
"From the crop of players that were involved in the 2016 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) in France, I can say categorically that Nigeria stands a good chance of getting to the final if we get our acts together." - Nnaji
"The two Groups are well mixed but most importantly, none of them will be a walkover," Nnaji noted.
"Senegal, Egypt and Mozambique have been tough opponents for Nigeria and we already know that we need to work hard to face them but we can’t rule out fast rising Guinea. They are improving and can shock any team that underrates them."
"From the crop of players that were involved in the 2016 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) in France, I can say categorically that Nigeria stands a good chance of getting to the Final if we get our acts together. And this is only possible with a good training programme that will culminate with the championship," Nnaji explained.
Nigeria, he said, have good players in the WNBA, Europe and at home.
"The players are ready to give their all given the right opportunity. They also understand that other players are getting set, so they would want to give their best for Nigeria."
The 12-team competition will take place from August 18-27 at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in Bamako, Mali. It serves as a qualifier for the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.