D’Tigers invite Diogu, three debutants for Afrobasket qualifiers

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‘Tosin Oluwalowo

The technical crew of men’s national basketball team, D’Tigers, has invited 12 players for the team’s FIBA Afrobasket qualifiers between February 17 and 21 in Tunisia.

The list was announced by the Nigeria Basketball Federation on Twitter on Monday.

Top on the list of invited players are captain Ike Diogu, Spain-based shooting guard, Obinna Emegano, Ben Uzoh and Ike Iroegbu.

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Others are Turkey-based power forward, Abdul-Malik Abu, Michael Oguine, Michael Gbinije, Ike Nwamu and Caleb Agada.

The trio Ifeoluwa Ajayi, Said Hearst-Okpalannaka and Nwachukwu Moneke complete the numbers and are also expected to make their international debut for Nigeria.

“Nigerians are expected to be treated to ‘champagne basketball’ when the players converge on Monastir for the third window after six players from France were handed call-ups,” the NBBF said.

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The NBBF added that “some players have also been put on notice pending the conclusion and outcome of players registration by the Federation of International Basketball Associations.”

Nigeria top Group B after defeating Rwanda, Mali and South Sudan in the last round of qualifiers in November 2020.

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