FIBA Qualifiers: D’Tigers battle ready for rivals
With less than 24 hours to the start of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers today (Friday) in Lagos, the camp of the D’Tigers is buzzing with positive energy and optimism ahead of their opening game.
The team billed to face Cote d’Ivoire in their first of the 2nd round at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos is determined to get the job done and keep to their unbeaten run going as they continue on their journey of picking a world cup ticket.
D’Tigers Point Guard, Ben Uzoh who has been a constant decimal in the team since 2015 says it feels good to be back in Lagos again amongst the coaches, players and the fans in their quest to continue building support at home.
He described the team as a united unit who are focused on bringing glory to Nigeria.
“We are brothers, believe it or not, behind the scene we are always in group chats. We keep in touch, we joke we bounce a lot of ideas off each others behind the scene.
Although, he is not giving anything to chance regarding their oppositions as they continue to work hard in ensuring they maintain their unbeaten run.
“Obviously, those teams have been working hard and preparing to put their best foot forward just as much as we are, but I am just excited to be amongst such great talents again. It’s going to be fun because we look forward to the competition.”
One of the break out stars for the team at the 2017 FIBA Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, Ikenna Iroegbu said it’s another unique opportunity called upon to represent the country again.
“I feel blessed to be here. Whenever you can play for your home country, it’s a great opportunity and I am just fortunate that they called me to play again and I am so blessed whenever they call me to.”
He ruled out pressure ahead of their final game against their perennial rival, Senegal on Sunday as he said the games must be taken one match at a time.
“Those teams are really good, but we are good as well. We just have to focus on ourselves, never worry about what the people have to say, take one day at a time and we will be fine.”
He ruled out any unhealthy rivalry in the team.
“All we want to do is help the team win by doing our best. We all want to play good and win by playing hard and doing whatever we have to do to help Nigeria win.”