The Nigeria’s D’Tigers has been handed a tough schedule after they were drawn alongside Cape Verde, Mali and Uganda in Group A of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
The qualifiers draw ceremony, which held at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball in the Swiss city of Mies, marks the tip-off for men’s national teams trying to successfully play their way to the FIBA World Cup 2023.
The competition is set to take place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, and the 2023 edition marks the first time multiple countries will host the showpiece event.
The qualifiers would continue with the success of the FIBA Competition System implemented in 2017 for team qualification to the 2019 World Cup.
The process of qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 would include six windows over 15 months across the four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe. Eighty national teams were drawn across four different draws, one for each region — Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe.
Meanwhile, the draws came on a day the Ugandan side eliminated D’Tigers from the ongoing 2021 FIBA AfroBasket in Kigali, Rwanda 80-68 during an elimination round that would lead to Quarter-Final match.
If the team had won, they would have advanced to the AfroBasket quarter-finals to meet Cape Verde, who have so far in Kigali stunned their foes, including former continental champions Angola and hosts Rwanda.
Nigeria however beat Mali 81-73 in their opening Group C match, with Mali going on to finish bottom of the group.