Nigeria’s men’s basketball national team, D’Tigers captain, Ike Diogu has turned his total attention towards helping the team grab a ticket to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, after failing to lead the squad to glory at the Commonwealth Games.
The Nigerians lost their first game to New Zealand, second to Canada and final group game to Australia.
The team also failed to utilise a losers’ life line to feature in the semi-finals, as they fell to Scotland, which finally ended Nigeria’s participation in the slam-dunking sport at Gold Coast 2018.
However, while many observers are shocked with D’Tigers’ pathetic show at Gold Coast 2018, Diogu said the players have all learnt big lessons and his focus now is to help Nigeria qualify for the World Cup.
During the first phase of the World Cup qualifiers, Nigeria topped their group in Mali, and the players are expected to be called to camp next month for the second phase of the eliminators.
Following the team’s poor performance in Gold Coast, Diogu said they have all learnt from the competition and believes they will do better subsequently.
He acknowledged: “It was a tough tournament for everyone on the team, losing all the games was not expected but we have seen a lot and also learnt from that.
“The guys were not happy because we knew the expectation back home and I can only say we learnt from that and will do better in future.”