Nigeria’s senior male basketball team, D’Tigers have been drawn alongside other powerhouses like Senegal and Ivory Coast in the second round African qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
This was revealed after FIBA released the 60 qualifiers worldwide for the second round of qualifiers on Wednesday ahead of the tournament which will play host to 32 countries for the first time in the history of the World Cup.
Five African teams will also represent the continent at the tournament for the first time.
12 African countries qualified for the second round at the end of the first round and they have been drawn into two groups, E and F.
D’Tigers are in Group F alongside Senegal, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Mali and Rwanda.
Tunisia, Cameroon, Egypt, Angola, Morocco and Chad are in Group E.
The top two teams will qualify for the tournament in China and they would be joined by the best third-placed team.
According to FIBA, first round results would be carried over into the second round for all the teams.
Nigeria is the only country with an hundred percent record in Group F after winning six matches out of six in the first round.
The international basketball body also stated that some of the second round games will be played on home and away basis.
The second round of qualifiers starts in September with D’Tigers facing the Central African Republic (CAR) in their first match on September 14.