Nigeria’s men’s basketball team have been drawn in Group F of the second round of qualifiers along with African giants Senegal, the Central African Republic, Rwanda, Ivory Coast and Mali for the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup in China.
FIBA on Wednesday released the 60 qualifiers worldwide for the second round of the qualifiers for the tournament. For the first time, 32 countries will feature in the men’s World Cup in 2019.
Five out of the 32 countries will come from Africa.
In the first round of the qualifiers, which ended on July 1, the world body divided the countries into four groups. At the end of the qualifiers, 12 countries went into the second round and were further divided into two groups of six countries each — groups E and F.
Group E has Tunisia, Cameroon, Angola, Egypt, Morocco and Chad. The top two from each group and a best third-place finisher will qualify for the World Cup in China.
Some of the matches in the second round will be played on home and away basis, according to FIBA. The world body also said the results from the first round would be carried over into the second round.
Ahead of the second round, which begins in September, Nigeria were unbeaten in the first round as they raked up six wins out of six and a maximum 12 points.
Senegal has 11 points after they won five out of their six matches in the first round. The Central African Republic are third with nine points from three wins and three losses. Ivory Coast are fifth with eight points from two wins and three losses from the first round.
D’Tigers plays their first match against the Central African Republic on September 14.