Friday 23rd June, 2017
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D'Tigers deserve respect - Oguchi

D'Tigers deserve respect - Oguchi

Nigeria’s basketball team, D'Tigers' shooting guard, Chamberlain Chukwuemeka Oguchi, says the team deserves some respect from Nigerians for their performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, despite crashing out at the group stage.

The African champions at the 2015 Afrobasket in Tunisia, played five games in the group stage at the Rio Olympics and could only manage one victory against European giants, Croatia to place last in Group B which also featured, Lithuania, Spain, Argentina and host, Brazil.

Oguchi, who was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the 2015 AfroBasket believes that he and his teammates were very competitive in Rio, even in the face of some difficulties the team had to contend with in Brazil.

Al Farouq Aminu, the team's NBA forward, withdrew from the squad because of issues related to his insurance, while the team lost a pivotal figure, big man Olaseni Abdul-Jelli Lawal to injury in the very first Olympic game against Argentina.

"I personally don't have any regrets about our performance at the 2016 Olympics.

"I played my heart out for my country as well as the men beside me, and for that I hold no regrets," Oguchi said.

The Anwil Wloclawek of Poland player was supported by Abdul-Jelli Lawal, who feels the present crop of players have made D'Tigers a top team in the world.

"If you just look at what we've done in the last two years, the talent level and the continuity that we're trying to build, we feel we're a top 10 team in the world.

"We wholeheartedly believe that, no matter what anybody else thinks about us, technical wise and all of this other crap, we remain the best in Africa.