D’Tigers player, Ike Diogu has charged the national basketball team to raise their oars in ensuring that they challenge for honours in Rwanda and Tokyo
Consequent to the successful conclusion of the Afrobasket qualifiers in Tunisia, Diogu has admitted that the team has a lot of work to do in their quest to contend for the Afrobasket and 2020 Olympics titles.
Diogu,37, a member of the team to London 2012 Olympics said despite their spotless 6-0 unbeaten run during the qualifiers, the team is nowhere near complete preparation for the two crucial events
“The goal is for everybody to go back to their various clubs, stay in shape and meet back in the summer for the 2020 Olympics”. said the Chemidor B. C power forward, having the belief that the team can challenge for honours in Rwanda & Tokyo.
“We have a lot of things to fix because there will be some guys that will be added and removed from the roster, so I am looking forward to having a complete team”. he added
But he is desperate to go a step further and win Nigeria second ever continental title, as D’Tigers were defeated in the quest to achieve the feat at the finals of the 2017 edition Afrobasket in Tunisia.
“To win just like everybody else, the same thing for us too. We want to try and establish being the best team in Africa just like the rest of the other teams,” said Diogu, when asked about the team expectations ahead of the forthcoming African basketball contest in Rwanda.
Diogu made his Afrobasket debut in 2013 where he emerged competition’s highest point scorer in Ivory Coast. averaging 21.9pts per game despite D’Tigers finishing 7th after a quarter-final loss to Senegal.
Bagging the 2015 Afrobasket title coupled with some silver medals, Diogu has emerged as the most successful Nigerian basketball player and future FIBA Africa Hall of Famer.