FIBA World Cup 2019: Nigeria to play qualifiers in Bamako

The Nigeria senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, will play the first round of their qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Bamako, Mali. D’Tigers are in Group B with Uganda, Rwanda, and Mali.

According to FIBA, the first round tournament will run from February 23 to 25, 2018.

The first round of the qualifiers has countries divided into four groups with the top three teams in the groups progressing to the next round of the qualifiers.

The 12 teams in the second round will play home and away games to determine the five teams that will represent the continent at the 2019 World Cup in China.

Groups A and C had their first round qualifiers played last weekend in Yaounde and Luanda, respectively.

FIBA has said that over a four-year cycle from 2017 through 2021, national teams will play regular official games to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and the FIBA Continental Cups 2021.

“The windows for the World Cup qualifiers are November 20-28, February’s 19-27, 2018, June 25-July 3, September 10-18, November 26-December 4 2018 and February 20-28 2019.”

Group D consisting of Senegal, Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic and Mozambique will slug it out in Maputo.

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