… We’re battle-ready- Okafor
D’TIGERS of Nigeria Head Coach, Mike Brown has hinted that the team wants to represent Africa the best way they can at the Tokyo Olympics even D’Tigers star, Jahlil Okafor also boasted that he is optimistic about the chances of the team succeeding in Tokyo. According to Okafor, the team will work hard to maintain their high standards during the Games. Reacting after the massive win against Argentina, Jahlil Okafor, said the team is riding on confidence and ready to compete against any team. “After getting a big win against the USA, we work hard because we don’t want to be let down.
“We have a lot of confidence, defense, but above all, I tried to calm down and be myself. The D’Tigers defeated world giants the United States and Argentina in a preparatory game for the Olympics, which is expected to start on 23rd July. The Nigerian side defeated Olympics champions 90-87 in Los Angeles on Sunday and then followed it up with another 97-71 win on Monday night. Speaking to the press after the game, Mike Brown who also doubled as assistant coach of NBA side, Golden State Warriors, and said their aim is to make Africans proud at the tournament and open more doors for the continent.
“We want to get the country of Nigeria and the diaspora behind us, but just as importantly, we feel like we’re going to be representing all of Africa in this Olympics,” “There are a couple of other African teams that are going to have an opportunity to qualify, and we’ll see if it happens. “But right now, we are one of eight teams that are in the Olympics, and there are only four spots left. “So it’s going to be pretty competitive for the other African countries to try to make it to the Olympics.”
“We look at ourselves as representing all of Africa, and we’ve taken on the quote from Nelson Mandela as our mantra for this coming Olympics,” he added. The Detroit Pistons player missed the historic win against the USA but returned to the court for the win against Argentina and Australia. Okafor scored 15points and had 7rebounds on his debut for Nigeria against Nigeria on a night that D’Tigers defeated the number four ranked team 94-71pts. “It gives all of us the confidence to go out there and perform at a high level, just like we did against the USA and Argentina.”
“My team gives me all the confidence. They tell me to go out there and be aggressive, be myself and have fun.” “After the big win against the USA and against Argentina, the message was to take care of business and avoid any letdown.” Nigeria is grouped alongside Germany, Australia, and Italy for the Olympics which is between the 25th of July to the 7th of August 2021.
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