September 9

Silver Winning D’Tigers Back to Lagos from Tunis Â

first_imgAfter their silver medal exploit at the just concluded 2017 AfroBasket tournament, D’Tigers were scheduled to return Lagos early this morning aboard a Royal Air Maroc flight with the exception of team captain, Ike Diogu, who headed for United States of America due to family commitments.The delegation led by President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Musa Kida,was expected to arrive the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos at about 3:30am.The 2015 champions who were just in camp for about two weeks before their title defence surpassed their pre-tournament expectations by getting to the finals, defeating continental powerhouses like Senegal and Cameroon in the quarter final and semi final.Although, Tunisia claimed the FIBA AfroBasket title after beating Nigeria 77-65 in Saturday’s Final in Tunis, D’Tigers and their fans still have something to cheer with Diogu awarded the Most Valuable Player Award.The D’Tigers captain who led by example emerged the tournament’s leading scorer with an average of 22 points per game while Nigerian guard Ikenna Iroegbu who made his AfroBasket debut for Nigeria was also named in the tournament’s Best 5.The 34-year old power forward who recorded a tournament-high also averaged 8.7 rebounds per game at the 16-team FIBA Africa’s most important competition.Despite the loss against the host, it will be a tournament to remember for Diogu who was the tournament’s highest scorer with a total of 132 points as he powered the D’Tigers to the finals after emerging as the team’s highest points scorer in four of their six games. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

January 6

Exclusive – Rush: Liverpool AND England will benefit from Sterling’s rest

first_imgIan Rush insists Raheem Sterling DOES want to play for England – and believes sensible management will see the youngster deliver his best for both club and country.The Liverpool forward was left out of the Three Lions’ starting XI for the 1-0 Euro 2016 victory against Estonia on Sunday afternoon, after complaining he was tired.Roy Hodgson has announced he will speak to Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers about how to manage the 19-year-old’s development, and former Reds favourite Rush claims communication will be the key going forward.“Raheem Sterling played in the World Cup last summer which is not just physically, but mentally tiring,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “England can’t just rely on Sterling. He’s maturing and his body is still filling out. I want to see Sterling playing for the next 15 years, not [the next] five.“Sterling wants to play for England. When I speak to him he’s very passionate about that.“He’s just been honest though and said, ‘I am tried’. I’m sure Brendan and Roy will have a word and say, ‘come on, let’s do what’s best for the lad’.“That will see him produce his best goods for Liverpool and England.”last_img read more