D’Tigers FIBA Qualification Excites Debutant Chima Moneke


D’Tigers debutant, Chima Moneke, is excited about what the future holds for him and the team following it’s qualification for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket championship.

Moneke, 25, who made his debut for Nigeria against South Sudan announced his presence on the international scene with 8 points and 5 rebounds as D’Tigers secured a hard fought 75-70 victory.

Moneke averaged 6pts and 5.3 rebounds after 3 games as he contributed his quota to the team’s unbeaten run, and qualification for the Afrobasket championship that will be hosted in Kigali, Rwanda later this year.

D’Tigers of Nigeria team with coaching staff

The power forward who plays for Orléans Loiret Basketball club in France said it was an emotional moment for him, his parents, and loved ones as he stepped on the court to represent his fatherland.

“Making my debut for Nigeria was exciting and I am grateful for this opportunity. My parents, my family and friends are all very proud,” Moneke said.

“I am excited to see where this can take me. As I play more games, I will get more comfortable and hopefully get more opportunities to show what I can do.”

“I am happy with the statistics. I am happy with winning and I just hope that I am able to do this for a long time because what is better than playing for your country. I can’t think of anything else,” he added.


Chidi Nwoke.

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