Diogu leads D’Tigers to Lagos as final phase of camping begins
Skipper Ike Diogu and his band of 15 D’Tigers have arrived in Lagos to continue their preparations for the China 2019 FIBA World Cup. The 15 players were the survivors of the United States’ camp, where 44 players trained and played some friendly games.
The contingent, led by Head Coach, Alex Nwora arrived in Nigeria aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to continue their World Cup preparation in Lagos.
According to the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), while in Lagos, the team will play a couple of tune-up games as well as interact with members of the media and their teeming fans before their departure for China on August 19.So far, the team has played four friendlies and won three against fellow World Cup bound Dominican Republic, which they defeated twice, as well as Canada. Nwora arrived in Lagos with his assistants, including Cyprien Glynn Ray, Burlesson Kevin and Ogoh Odaudu.
In the team are Uzoh Benjamin Chukwukelo (CB Caballeros de Culican)Ireogbu Ike (Science City Jena, Germany), Okogie Joshua Aloiye (Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA),Nwamu Ike (Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA),Nwora Jordan Ifeanyi (University of Louisville, USA) and Vincent Nnamdi Gabriel (Stockton Kings, NBA).
Others are Aminu Al Farouq (Portland Trail Blazers, NBA), Stanley Okoye (Tecnyconta Zaragoza, Spain), Diogu Ikechukwu Somto (Bayaman Vaqueros, Puerto Rico), Zanna Talib (Montakit Fuenlabrada, Spain), Ekpe Udoh (Utah Jazz, NBA), Aminu Abdul Alade (Capitanies de Arecibo, Puerto Rico), Chimezie Metu (San Antonio Spurs, NBA), Michael Eric (Darussafaka, Turkey) and Akindele Jeleel Ayodeji (Hapoel SP Tel-Aviv, Israel).
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