D’Tigers head coach, Alex Nwora has stated that captain Ike Diogu remains key to his teams performance at the forthcoming 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers which tips off in Lagos this Friday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Nwora told the media department of the Nigeria Basketball Federation in Lagos that Diogu’s wealth of experience will be crucial to his young side.
Diogu who was co-captain of the 2015 Afrobasket winning team in Tunisia also led the team to another silver finish last year.
The Sichuan Blue Whales of China power forward was also named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 Afrobasket Championship.
“He knows that we have an unfinished business and he has embraced the leadership role as the captain of the D’Tigers. He is the foundation that holds us together,” Nwora was quoted in the media statement from NBBF.
“Hopefully, he (Diogu) is going to keep leading these young players that are coming to the national team for the first time, teach them the right way and a very good way to represent Nigeria like he has been doing over the years.”
Nigeria will tip off their campaign on the 29th of June against Uganda at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos before facing Rwanda and Mali on the 30th of June and 1st of July respectively.