Okogie, Metu, Oni to lead D’Tigers FIBA World Cup ticket charge
D’Tigers Head Coach, Mike Brown, has invited 15 players to camp ahead of the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers between August 26 and 28. After the 2020 Olympics hoorah, Josh Okogie of the Phoenix Suns, Miye Oni, who last played for Utah Jazz, and Ike Nwamu with BC Samara of Russia, all returned to the team.
Chimezie Metu of the Sacramento Kings, who was part of the team during the last phase of the qualifiers in Rwanda, got an invitation alongside Uchenna Iroegbu, Michael Okiki (Gombe Bulls), Michael Oguine (Saint Chamond, France), Ben Emelogu (Rouen Métropole Basket) and Keith Omoerah plying his trade with Jamtland, Sweden.
Ibeabuchi Agu of the Nigerian Customs team will also be suiting up alongside his compatriots, Michael Gbinije (Oklahoma City Blue, NBA G League), Amanze Egezeke (Kataja, Finland), John Mathias Iduh (Kano Pillars), Christian Mekowulu (Casademont Zaragoza, Spain) and Abdul-Malik Abu (S.Oliver Wuerzburg, Germany).
The team’s opening game will be against host, Cote d’Ivoire, on August 26 before facing Guinea a day after.
Their last game will be against Angola on August 28.
Currently fourth on the table in Group E after two wins in four games, the team will hope to hit the ground running in its quest to book a successive World Cup ticket.
The 2023 World Cup will hold from August 25 to September 10 in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.