D’Tigers debutant, Chima Moneke is excited about what the future holds for him and the team following their qualification for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket championship.
Moneke who made his debut for Nigeria against South Sudan announced his presence on the international scene with 8pts and 5 rebounds under 13 minutes as the D’Tigers secured a hard fought 75-70 point victory.
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.
After being named in the 12 man team invited to Kigali for the second window of the qualifiers last year, many Nigerians expected him to make his debut. Due to administrative reasons bothering on registration and eligibility; he had to sit the games out.
With a decent performance in his first three games, the 25year old told Nigerians that they are yet to see the best of him.
He assured that with more time in the team and more games, he will surely get comfortable in the team.
Not getting carried away with the recent success, Moneke is optimistic of a long and eventful career for Nigeria ladened with trophies.
Moneke averaged 6pts and 5.3 rebounds after 3 games as he contributed his quota to the team’s unbeaten run and eventual qualification for the Afrobasket championship that will be hosted in Kigali, Rwanda later this year.