2023 FIBA World Cup: Nigeria Get Qualifying Group

Nigeria will battle Uganda, Mali and Cape Verde in the African qualifiers for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

The draws conducted at the Federation of International Basketball Associations headquarters in Mies, Switzerland on Tuesday saw Nigeria seeded in Pot One alongside Tunisia.

According to the schedule already released by FIBA Africa, Nigeria will be in action during the first window in November.

Their first game will be against Cape Verde on Friday, 26 November 2021.

The Mike Brown led team will take on familiar foes, Mali on 27 November after both sides also met in the run up to the 2019 World Cup and recently at the 2021 Afrobasket Championship.

D’Tigers will then play Uganda on 28 November with the encounter sure to generate plenty interest after the East Africans knocked Nigeria out of the 2021 Afrobasket tournament.

At the conclusion of the first round where every team will play 6 games, the top three teams in the groups will qualify for the final qualifying round.

The top two teams in the two groups alongside the best third-placed team in the final qualifying round will represent Africa at the World Cup to be co-hosted by Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan.