Captain of the senior men’s national team, D’Tigers, Ike Diogu will lead a 12-man roster to the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The team list compiled by the technical crew led by Coach Alex Nwora following months of camping in Lagos for the competition was made public on Tuesday by NBBF secretary, Chimezie Asiegbu.
Diogu who plies his trade with Henan in the Chinese League will be joined by 5 foreign based players and 6 home based players.
After a brilliant performance for Stony Brooks in the 2016-2017 NCAA season, Uchenna Ireogbu will be making his national team debut for Nigeria in Australia.
Home based captain, Azuoma Dike will be joined by his Kano Pillars team mates Abdul Yahaya and Dung Eli Abraham.
The duo of Abdulwahab Yakubu and Istifanus Sylvanus who played major roles in Gombe Bulls’ first ever qualification for the FIBA Africa club championship in 2017 also made the final cut.
With pre-games camping expected to end on March 22nd, the team will depart for Brisbane on March 23rd ahead of their first game against New Zealand on Friday, April 6th.
Nigeria is in Group B alongside host- Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Coach Nwora will be assisted by Aderemi Adewunmi and Mohammed Abdulrahman.
Ike Diogu (Henan, CHINA), Uchenna Ireogbu (Stony Brooks, NCAA, USA), Dung Eli Abraham- (Kano Pillars (NIGERIA), Azuoma Dike – (Kano Pillars, NIGERIA), Olantunji Olalekan Graham- (Unattached, USA), Ofoegbu Uchechi Chima – (Unattached, USA), Musa Usman (Mark Mentors, NIGERIA), Abdulwahab Yakubu (Gombe Bulls, Nigeria), Istifanus Sylvanus (Gombe Bulls, Nigeria), Abdul Yahaya (Kano Pillars), Achiuwa God’sgift Onyekachi (Unattached, USA), Orizu Prince Ifeanyi (Far Eastern University, PHILIPINES).