2017 Afrobasket: Olumide Oyedeji Makes Case for Home based Players

2017 Afrobasket: Olumide Oyedeji Makes Case for Home based Players

Former D’Tigers captain, Olumide Oyedeji has made a case for Home based players in Nigeria’s roaster to the next Afrobasket championship.

Nigeria defeated Angola 74-65 in the finals of the championship two years ago, to clinch it’s first title but Coach William Voigt’s team was 99 percent foreign based.

Lagos Islanders guard, Uzoh Ben was the only player from the home league to make the trip to make the cut and Oyedeji insists it was time to turn towards home for the title defence.

In a chat with brila.net , the former Orlando Magic Center said his first call up to D’Tigers came as a local based player.

The roasters of Angola, Morocco, Egypt and even Uganda was predominantly home based and Oyedeji ,who started his career with Ebun Comets argued that it was time to return to the basics with D’Tigers.

FIBA Africa, the continent’s governing body is yet to decide on a host for the championship after Congo and Angola turned down the chance to host.

The 2017 Afrobasket is scheduled to tip off 19 August.

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