One of Nigeria’s representatives in this year’s continental club basketball championship qualifier, Mark Mentors yesterday landed in Cotonou, Benin Republic to kick-start the process that would enable the club side to finally pick 2015 ticket to FIBA African Club tournament scheduled for Angola.
Mark Mentors, a three-year old team had emerged champions of 2015 DSTV basketball league after beating bitter rivals Kano Pillars at the Super six competition decided in Lagos few months ago.
The Abuja-based Mentor left the nation’s capital in the morning yesterday and headed straight to Lagos via Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport before connecting Cotonou at noon.
After their last training session before departure, Technical Adviser of the club, Adeka Dauda told Nigerian Pilot Sports that his team are not only aiming to qualify for the continental club tournament thereafter but are out to sweep their opponents aside and become champions in Africa.
Two clubs each are expected from Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Benin Republic when the qualifier battle begins tomorrow.
“The last time our team came second, that was last year. We are hoping now that we will go one step up among other clubs from West Africa taking part in the competition. It’s always good to go on step. We move up but we take it one step after another.
“It’s just a qualifier; we won’t talk about Angola for now. All we are focused on is the qualifiers. We want to come up tops, hopefully. All we are doing is to get prepared for whoever comes around to play in the qualifiers.
“We don’t know how the groupings will look like until when we take part in the technical meeting on Thursday (today). For me, my style is to take it gradually,” Coach Dauda who steered Nigeria U-18 Women team to finish second at the 2015 FIBA Africa Women U-16 Championship in Madagascar, added.
Pillars are the other Nigeria side taking part in the qualifiers.

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