Former national team coach, Bakare, appointed new stallions manager
Former Coach of the national team, Ayodele Bakare, has been appointed the coach of Stallions Basketball Club, a move the club’s management said is a strategy to reinforce the team in the ongoing African Basketball League.
The appointment came on the heels of the resignation of the team’s former coach, Johnson Ayinla, who has been praised by the Stallions’ management for his contribution to the basketball club during his tenure with the team.
Bakare, a graduate of Western Michigan University and University of Ife, coached the national team and also was the first and only African to qualify the country for the Olympics. He also served as head coach in various national teams.
“I am thrilled to get this opportunity to join the ABL family. I feel particularly privileged to become a part of this well-storied and proud franchise, which the Stallions are. Some may feel that our team might not have been playing well recently, but we hope to change all that. We are changing the roster to position it for better performance and we hope to build on the solid foundations created by the previous technical crew,’’ said Coach Bakare.
He added, “we hope to provide our teeming fans with a style of basketball, which will not only be very entertaining, but will also be highly competitive and represent the best which the Stallions brand has long been associated with.’’
Coach Bakare has won several international medals with both men and women’s teams in junior and senior categories.
With a vast experience of over 30 years, he is no doubt in a good position to redirect the course of the Stallions in the current ABL season.
The Stallions, formerly known as Union Bank Basketball Club, is a Nigerian Professional Basketball side. It currently competes with five other franchises in the ongoing African Basketball League.
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