Diogu, who was a member of the team to the London 2012 Olympics, said despite their impeccable 6-0 unbeaten run during the qualifiers, the team is nowhere ready for a busy summer.
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The win, which saw the team finishing strong atop group B on a 6-0 run, was spearheaded by Nigerian basketball legend, Ike Diogu, who posted a double-double performance with 20 points and 11 assists.
D’Tigers’ captain, Ike Diogu, has revealed that he is closer to the end of his journey with the D’Tigers team than ever before.
D’Tigers captain, Ike Diogu, has revealed that the current players in the team are pumped up to give a good account of themselves at the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup in China.
The strong contingent, led by Head Coach, Alex Nwora, arrived Nigeria aboard a Delta Airline flight from Atlanta to continue their World Cup preparation.
D’Tigers parading some of the best players in the competition defeated Cote D’Ivoire, 84-73, to claim first game in the second round of the qualification series.
The 12-man team expected to report to camp on September 6 will be headlined by Portland Trail Blazers’ Al-Farouq Aminu, who last featured for Nigeria in 2015 when the team played in the FIBA Afrobasket.
He said that Stan Okoye, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk, Alade Aminu and Chamberlain Oguchi, who had yet to contribute their qualities to the current squad had been seriously engaged in club duties.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition which started on June 29 will end on July 1, at the Indoor Sports Hall in Surulere, Lagos.
The 12-man list announced at the team’s last training session on Thursday will be headlined by Sinchuan Blue Whales player and captain, Ike Diogu.
Nwora told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the team had the depth and quality to win all matches and called for home support for the team.
D’Tigers who already were triumphant in the first leg of the competition played in Bamako, Mali having defeated all opposing teams are comfortably placed to do justice in Lagos.
The D’Tigers captain, who currently plies his trade with Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association organized league, said irrespective of their losses, the boys are still united and determined to make the country proud.
The list which was compiled by the Coach, Alex Nwora-led technical crew, was made public on Wednesday by the NBBF secretary, Chimezie Asiegbu.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria earlier defeated Uganda on Friday and Rwanda on Saturday to remain unbeaten in the group in the first phase of the African Qualifiers
The team will arrive without their Captain, Ike Diogu, who will head for the United States of America due to family commitments
Diogu’s award was a consolation for the Nigerian, whose D’Tigers team lost in the final match of the competition in Rades, on the outskirts of the Tunisian capital of Tunis
Nigeria will confront the Democratic Republic of Congo in their third game of the series at 3:30pm Nigeria time on Sunday
Diogu (6-8, 255, Arizona State) led Bakersfield to a 10-3 record in March, including a 7-2 road record and a seven-game winning streak between March 12 and 26