Diogu eyes retirement after Rwanda 2021 AfroBasket

Pius Ayinor

Captain of the Nigeria’s Men’s national basketball team, Ike Diogu has revealed that he is considering a retirement date from D’Tigers.

Diogu spoke with NBBF Media. The 2017 AfroBasket Most Valuable Player while reviewing his journey with the team which started in 2012 said it has been an unbelievable voyage.

Even though he has not given any definite date to call time on his career, the former Golden State Warriors forward said he would re-evaluate his options after the 2021 Afrobasket finals in Rwanda.

He said, “I don’t have any time frame right now. Hopefully, I can play for another two years and see what happens. Let us see how the body is and how everything goes. I am closer to the end than the beginning but it has been an unbelievable ride. It has been an honour serving my country.”

Reminiscing on his career, Diogu who was part of the D’Tigers team to the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games wished he had played with the likes of Julius Nwosu and Tunji Awojobi whom he said inspired him to play for Nigeria.

“I wish I started earlier and played with the likes of Julius Nwosu, Tunji Awojobi, Imeh Udoka because those were the people I looked up to.”

One of the longest serving captains of the D’Tigers said he is not scared of calling it quit whenever his body tells him to because it has been a “mission accomplished.”

“I am not scared because it is mission accomplished. The national team is a brand now. I did everything I was supposed to do in the national team, raised the awareness to the ultimate level.

“People know about the team now. I get different messages from young Nigerian athletes asking how they can be a part of the national team and that has been my ultimate goal. So there is nothing to be scared of.”

Diogu was a part of the 2015 FIBA AfroBasket trophy winning team before returning two years to win silver in Tunisia.