The preparation of Nigeria’s National Men’s Basketball team suffered a setback after D’tigers player, Onyeka Okeke, was injured during the team’s training routine on Wednesday and was immediately rushed to the hospital for urgent medical attention.
According to medics, scan showed that Onyeka fractured his left leg as the team speed up their training program for this weekend clash against Burkina Faso in Afrobasket first leg qualifier.
Doctors at the Sports Ministry confirmed that Onyeka is now in a stable condition but will be out of sporting action for few weeks.
The newly-signed Union Bank basketball club player will likely miss out in the two legged qualifiers against Burkina Faso for 2015 Afrobasket championship.
Meanwhile, D’Tigers players have resolved to fight for their injured colleague by ensuring the team beat Burkina Faso in their backyard.
Speaking on behalf of the players, Olumide Oyedeji stated that the players are even more determined.
“We are ready, our mind is made up to be victorious against Burkina Faso on Saturday” he said in a press statement signed by Akinkunle Bolarinwa the Teams,” said the Media Officer.
Coach of the team, Sanni Ahmed, admitted that Onyeka’s injury is a big loss to the team but quickly added that the rest of the players will step up their game to fill in the vacuum created by Okeke’s absence.
D’Tigers welfare officer, Skambo Morrisson, has called on Nigerians to pray for the team, Skambo stated that, this is a critical moment where the boys need the support of the nation.
The Nigeria team will face Burkina Faso in a qualifier race this weekend for the 2015 Afrobasket.