The Nigeria Basketball Federation has announced changes to the coaching crew of the senior men and women’s national teams. For D’Tigers, the men’s team, Dominic Okon and Ogoh Odaudu have been appointed to replace Abdulrahman Mohammed and Aderemi Adewunmi who until now were assistant coaches to Alex Nwora.
According to a press release by the basketball federation, the decision, which takes immediate effect, was taken after the review of the national teams’ activities.
Dominic Okon, a former Ebun Comet player was part of the D’Tigers team that qualified Nigeria for the first ever FIBA Men World Cup in 1998 and currently an assistant coach with Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.
- Dominic Okon
Ogoh on his part played for Zuma Rocks of Abuja before moving to Dodan Warriors and later to Ebun Comets.
He was a member of the D’Tigers silver winning medal team at the 2003 FIBA Afrobasket in Egypt.
The experienced coach has also had stints with Lagos Islanders basketball club (2003) before moving to Royal Hoopers (now Rivers Hoopers) of Port Harcourt where he led the team to national league glory in 2011 and 2012 season.
- Ogoh Odaudu
For the women’s team, former D’Tigress captain and current First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos coach, Sola Shomala has been named as replacement for Ochuko Okworogun.
Shomala who won the 2003 FIBA Africa Women Club championship trophy with First bank will be assisting Sam Vincent (Head Coach) and Peter Ahmedu (First Assistant Coach).
She captained the 2003 and 2005 FIBA Afro basket winning team. The federation thanked Abdulrahman, Aderemi and Ochuko for their selfless services to the nation while wishing them well in their future endeavours.