D’Tigers guard, Ike Iroegbu has described the friendly against Rwanda as a good test for the team ahead of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers this weekend in Lagos.
The Nigerian team beat Rwanda 89-77 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos on Wednesday.
Iroegbu who was a revelation at the Afrobasket last year averaging 14.8 PPG, 5RPG and 5APG said they still have a lot of things to work on before their first game on Friday.
“Rwanda have a very good team I didn’t think they would play that way, they had the ball and I give them credit. They have a great coach, credit to them. We did little things really good but we still have lot of things we have to do better. We will watch the game and get ready for Friday.”
The Science City Jena of Bundesliga guard had no complain about the short time to prepare for the qualifiers this weekend.
“Teams have been put together the last minute before but we obviously have good players. We all know how to play basketball the right way we just need a few days to get our concept and communicate at all time,” he told ACLSports
Iroegbu is excited to be back on the team after missing out in the June window to club commitments.
“It’s a great feeling playing in front of the home fans and I love it.”
D’Tigers who are yet to lose a game in the qualifiers, will come against Senegal, Coted I’voire and Central Africa Republic in Group D for a ticket to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
He believes their talented group can remain unbeaten but they have to be weary of their Group D opponents.
“We have a talented group, a lot of new great guys in the team and I think we will be great.”
“All the teams are talented not just Senegal, we just have to play hard ,great defense and give it our best shot that’s what we did in Afrobasket even though we took second place a lot of people didn’t think we would get that far and we did well we just going to take it one game at a time.”