In certain situations, some fathers and their sons exhibit strong affiliation towards the same sports and instances of this extraordinary combination abound all over the world. In Nigeria, for example, the renowned basketball coach, Alex Nwora, is the father of a rising basketball star, Jordan Nwora, who is an undergraduate of University of Louisville, United States of America. The U.S.-based Nigerian, Alex Nwora started his professional basketball coaching career with the Erie Community College in New York in 1999.
He was the head coach of the Cape Verde’s national men basketball team, which he led to the 2013 Afrobasket tournament, in which the squad defeated the Nigerian team, D’Tigers, by 79 to 76 points. The achievements of Alex Nwora were, perhaps, the rationale behind his appointment as the head coach of Nigeria’s D’Tigers, after a pronouncement by the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engineer Musa Kida.
Following his appointment, Nwora led D’ Tigers to their 2017 Men Afrobasket tournament title defence and created novel opportunities for talented basketball players to feature in the national team. In essence, the maxim, “like father, like son”, seems to be true while discussing Alex Nwora as his son, Jordan. The decision of the junior Nwora to play basketball for Nigeria naturally elicted a lot of admiration from observers and sports watchers.
Jordan, who opted to play for D’Tigers because of his love for his fatherland, confessed that it was a thrilling experience and wonderful feeling to play in a team coached his father, Alex. He played for Nigeria’s D’Tigers in the African qualifiers in Lagos, in the build-up to the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The Nigerian team beat the Malian team 93-53 in game three at the FIBA World Cup African qualifiers held in the indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, in June this year. In the game, Jordan set a new scoring record in the tourney by scoring 36 points, getting five rebounds and four assists; as D‘ Tigers extended their winning streak to six games.
The outstanding achievement of the junior Nwora signified the highest scores ever recorded by a Nigerian basketball player in a major tournament. Nevertheless, the tacit achievement is that Alex and Jordan became the first Nigerian father and son to feature in a national team and represent Nigeria in a tournament at the same time. Alex is married to an American and they have four children who are all playing basketball. Jordan currently plays for the basketball team of University of Louisville in the U.S. and Nigeria’s D’Tigers.