I Cried When I Got Invited To D’Tigers- Chima Moneke
D’Tigers invitee, Chima Moneke is over the moon after making the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket 20 man provisional list.
Speaking with NBBF media, Moneke revealed that he got emotional and cried when he was contacted by the federation.
The r Orléans Loiret Basket Power Forward said it was difficult to control his emotions when he got called up.
“I cried when I got the call. I called all of my friends, the people that I love, the people who care about me and they were very proud of me and most importantly my parents. They cried, I cried. I knew they would get emotion because representing my country is probably more important to them than being in the NBA if I ever get the chance to do that.”
He confessed that despite putting in the works, he never expected the invitation which made it more amazing.
“It was an amazing moment and I wasn’t expecting it and it made it sweeter.”
Speaking on how easy or difficult it will be to fit into the national team setup, Moneke is sure that with his deep knowledge about the team as a fan, fitting in will not be difficult.
“Growing up, it was the Super Eagles but now, it is D’Tigers. I have been watching every competition Nigeria has been in since I became serious about basketball. I follow the players and I know a few of them personally but I am familiar with most of their games because I am just a big basketball fan in general.”
D’Tigers are in group D alongside host- Rwanda, Mali and Algeria who recently withdrew from the qualifiers taking place between 27th to 29th of November in Kigali.