22nd November, 2010
Aderemi Adewunmi is the Head Coach of First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos, who areÂ defending champions of FIBA-Africa Club Champions Cup for Women. Owolo, as AdewunmiÂ is popularly called, is also the Head Coach ofÂ the women U- 18 national team. HeÂ Â spoke with WALE JOSEPH on Saturday before leading the team out to Tunisia to defendÂ the African women title, which dunked off on Friday, 19 November. The tourney willÂ end on 27 November, 2010.
You are on your way to Tunisia to defend the FIBA-Africa Club Champions Cup For theÂ Women title, but the team didnâ€™t leave on time?
We had a minor problem with our flight schedule. This wonâ€™t really affect us as weÂ are focused on the task ahead.
How was your preparation for this championship?
Well, are well prepared to defend our title. We went for camping in Zaira and KadunaÂ states. This excluded our regular training in Lagos State. So we are prepared forÂ the task ahead.
How much support did your team get from the management of the club?
Our management have always been supportive to the team. They ensure all our needsÂ are met for us to perform very well in any tournament. So I will like to thank theÂ management for the support we have received from the officials.
What are your teamâ€™s chances of defending the trophy you won at the last edition inÂ Benin Republic?
We have a good chance to retain the trophy. Itâ€™s not easy to qualify for theÂ tournament. First, we scaled the hurdles by qualifying to represent Nigeria and thenÂ our zone. This shows we mean business to defend our title. We are going to take theÂ games one after another. I am sure that at the end of the day, we will notÂ disappoint our country and our fans.
Which of the clubs competing with your team are so daring that canÂ pose a bigÂ threat to your title ambition?
Like I said earlier, all the teams are good. Every team are a potential threat andÂ we are going to treat all of them as such.
Whatâ€™s your message to Nigerians?
I want to implore Nigerians and our teeming fans to support us with prayers as theyÂ have been doingÂ and by the special Grace of God, we will not disappoint them.