The Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) congratulated the D’Tigers for starting their 2022 FIBA ââWorld Cup on a strong note after scoring two wins in three matches.
With five out of six possible points and a greater points difference, the team sits comfortably atop Group A heading into the next round of games by June 2022.
Former NBBF interim president Musa Kida described the team’s performance as inspiring despite the special circumstances surrounding the federation’s election as well as FIBA’s stance on Nigeria’s participation in the qualifiers.
âIt’s really nice to start such important qualifying on a winning note, which is very good for our chances of qualifying for the World Cup.
âWe had to put our administrative disputes aside for the good of Nigeria and Nigerians.
âWe feel delighted and justified that our decision to give FIBA ââthe green light to register the team that allowed them to participate has paid off in the long term as we join with all stakeholders to continue. to develop the game in Nigeria â.
A total of 16 teams compete for the five available places for the 2023 FIBA ââWorld Cup with Nigeria grouped together Mali, Cape Verde and Uganda.
The top three teams from each group will advance to the second round of the African qualifiers and join three other teams to create two groups of six teams with the results of the preliminary rounds carried over.
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