The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has announced the appointment of Mike Brown as Head Coach of the senior men’s national team ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Currently with the National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise, Golden State Warriors as an Associate Head Coach, Brown will lead the D’Tigers to Tokyo alongside Alex Nwora and JP Bikerstaff as the federation is eyeing a successful campaign.

Announcing Brown’s appointment, NBBF President Engr Musa Kida said the decision was in consonance with the federation’s long-term project of turning the team into a global brand while getting the best available resources.

“We know that the Olympics require the highest level of coaching and play, so we are trying to put our best foot forward and represent Nigerians the best way we can. In line with the Honorable Minister’s directive where he challenged federations to aim for a podium finish, we want to see how far we can go.”

Kida announced that Brown’s role in the team is mutually beneficial to everybody involved as he is expected to bring his years of expertise in coaching Basketball around the world when he takes charge of D’Tigers.

“We are glad that we have been able to seal this deal. This is a win-win situation for everybody involved. The team will have enough coaches (Brown, Bikerstaff and Nwora) to handle them while the federation will focus on other things.”

The federation assured that the arrival of Coach Brown will enhance the enviable achievements already made by the NBBF in the recent past.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.

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