UDINE (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) - Nigeria forward Stan Okoye is optimistic about his country's FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.
While Nigeria won't open their race to secure one of the five tickets for African teams for the FIBA Basketball 2019 until February 2018, the 26-year-old measured up his national team's chances against Group B opponents, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda.
"I saw [the draw] and I think the pool that we are in is good for us as far as seeding," the 26-year-old noted.
"But we won't face a real challenge until the actual elimination round which I'm not sure is the best for us, but we will succeed either way."
As much as he looks forward to being a part of the qualifiers, Okoye says club engagements might hinder his availability but hints that since it’s a FIBA event and there will be a break, he would give it a shot in when Nigeria begin their campaign for a place in China 2019.
The game resumed after an hour-long period to replace the backboard.
Meanwhile, Okoye called on the Nigeria Basketball Federation to establish a better communication channel so as to carry the players along.