Diogu returns to D’tigers, to feature in FIBA World African Qualifiers

Diogu returns to D’tigers, to feature in FIBA World African Qualifiers

Veteran Ike Diogu has been named in Nigeria’s squad for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers.


Ike Diogu was left out of the team to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, but he’s expected to play a pivotal in the first phase of the qualifying series.


The 38-year-old has been pivotal for D’Tigers, having captained the former African champions over the past decade.


The 38-year-old will lead the D’tigers to the Angolan city of Benguela where they will take on Group A’s Cape Verde, Uganda, and Mali.


It will be Nigeria’s first appearance at a major tournament since they finished twelfth at AfroBasket 2021 – their worst result – in the history of the tournament.


Nigeria will kick-start their African Qualifiers campaign taking on Cape Verde on Friday, November 26.


Here is the list of invited players :


Jeleel Akindele

Ike Diogu

Tarekeyi Edogi

Michael Efevberha

Amanze Egekeze

Benjamin Emelogu

Ike Iroegbu

Ike Nwamu

Christopher Obekpa

Omotayo Ogundiran

Keith Omeorah

Ugonna Onyenso

Ben Uzoh

Abdulawahab Yakubu (Gombe Bulls)

Michael Okiki (Gombe Bulls)

Ibe Agu (Gombe Bulls)

Bright Akhuetie (Nigeria Customs)

Owen Oriakhi (Rivers Hoopers)

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