D’Tigers coach, Mike Brown, has named his final 12-man roster for the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers with long-serving captain Ike Diogu headlining the squad as the team confront South Sudan in their opening Group D match.
The other teams in the group include, Rwanda, and Mali.
The tournament, which is Brown’s first in charge of Nigeria’s men’s national basketball team since his appointment dunks off in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday and will run until 29 November.
The team arrived Kigali on Monday and had their first practice on Tuesday evening, after results of their COVID-19 tests returned negative.
D’Tigers open their Group D campaign against South Sudan on Thursday, before taking on Mali and hosts Rwanda. South Sudan replaced Algeria who pulled out of the tournament.
Diogu is joined by point guard and co-captain Ben Uzoh in Brown’s 12-man squad which has been trimmed from an initial 20-man provisional squad.
Capital City Go-Go point guard, Ike Iroegbu; Orléans Loiret Basket power forward, Chima Moneke; BC Nevėžis shooting guard, Michael Gbinije; Baloncesto Fuenlabrada shooting guard, Obi Emegano and Kamza Basket point guard, Jordan Ogundiran also made the cut.
Others in Kigali include POAK Athens power forward, Amanze Egezeke; Baloncesto Peñas Huesca centre, Emmanuel Omogbo; shooting guard, Ibe Agu, who plays for home-based side Civil Defenders; MBC Mykolaiv shooting guard, Keith Omoerah and Hapoel Be’er Sheva point guard, Caleb Agada.
The qualifiers features a total of twenty teams divided into five groups of four teams.
The top three teams in each group will qualify along for the 30th Afrobasket tournament scheduled to hold in Rwanda from 24 August to 5 September 2021.