D’Tigers Captain Ike Diogu Debunks Retirement Rumour
By Niyi Busari
D’Tigers Captain Ike Diogu has debunked rumours that he is contemplating quitting Nigeria’s Men Basketball team.
The U. S based Nigerian basketball star assured that he is not ready to retire, as his best for Nigeria is yet to come.
The former NBA star made this clarification while featuring on the BCOS TV flagship Sports program Saturday Breakfast Sports Show, anchored by Boluwaji Ogunmola and produced by Adewale Tijani.
In April, several media reports claimed the former Golden State Warriors star was set to retire after a successful career with the Nigeria National Basketball team.
However when he was asked on the BCOS TV Sports Programme if he’s contemplating retirement, Diogu said, “No, I don’t have any plans to retire right now. I think those peddling the rumour are looking at my age and thinking that I’ve been with the Nigerian National team for a long time. Trully we have a lot of up and coming young players and I want to see all this young players playing for the national team”.
“However I am not quitting now. When it’s time to step down, I will definitely do so. But right now I’m still playing at a high level and my best is yet to come.
I don’t know when I will retire, definitely you will see me playing for a couple of more years” he added.
Diogu, the 2017 Afrobasket Most Valuable Player was an influential member of the Nigerian squad that won the gold medal at the 2015 FIBA Afrobasket Championship.