I have been working without a contract — D’tigress’ coach Otis Hughley

I have been working without a contract — D’tigress’ coach Otis Hughley

The head of Nigeria’s Women senior basketball team Otis Hughley is ready to quit his position, according to reports .

Hughley was appointed in 2018 and successfully guided the team to a quarter final place at the last Women’s Basket ball World Cup in Tenerife Spain .


The American has also lee the team to two Afro-basket titles, before the latest success where he qualified them for the Olympics.

In chat with Nigerian women basketball journalist Queen Moseph, Hughley revealed that he has been working without contract and and he’s been owed some allowances from previous tournaments.

“I am being owed for the World Cup qualifying tournament in Serbia and the Olympics. I have tried all I have I can’t continue to do it for free. That will be devalue,” he said.

“The ministry said they will look into it and try to pay me the money we talked about still nothing since the Olympics. I am still waiting no words from anyone. I am not sure my wife will allow me to continue to do this. I don’t live there but I love the girls, I love the team, I love what we have done.”

“I was on a temporary contract which was supposed to last for one year but we exceeded expectation and I started to enjoy the girls a little bit so we just continued.”

“If I have to compare what I got in other places it is not close$21,000 per month against $1000 or $2000 dollars a month becauseI wasn’t doing it for the money. They got used to it and now theywant me to do it for free.

“I want a contract this time like the average of other countries. I don’t expect them to pay me what China, Taiwan or US, at least the average pay of other countries so I can totally focus on just our preparation for the World Cup because if I have to quit my job here and do my consultant business here just to provide for my family and have to work to win the World Championship, then it’s not possible. It is not possible,” he reiterated.

The D’tigress have already qualified for the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup after impressive display in Serbia.

The team was drawn in Group B and they’ll face France, Australia, Canada, Japan and Serbia.

The Women’s Basketball World Cup will hold in Sydney, Australia later in September 2022.

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