The president of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Ahmadu Musa-Kida has promised that the country’s men’s senior national team, D’Tigers will get the best of preparations towards this year’s FIBA World Cup.
As part of the team’s build-up to the global championship in China, Musa-Kida said D’Tigers will play some friendlies at home, which will come after top-grade matches against Canada and Dominican Republic.
The Nigerian team is also billed to participate in a competition between 21st and 26th of August, which will feature some teams that will also take part in the World Cup, where Alex Nwora’s side are in Group B with Argentina, Russia and Korea, with all games to be played in Wuhan.
D’Tigers will open camp in the United States, from where they will play twice against Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo on July 19th and 25th, then face Canada in Quebec and Ontario on August 5th and 11th.
The NBBF president further revealed that the team’s final preparation for China 2019 will be in Lagos, where they will also play twice against another FIBA World Cup-bound team.
Although he admitted that the choices of camp sites in the USA and Canada have not been finalised, agreements have been concluded with the Canadian and Dominican basketball federations for the build-up games, heading into the World Cup from August 31 to September 15.
He added that the federation is determined to give the team the best preparation that it can afford to ensure that the team does the nation proud in China when the World Cup starts in China.
Musa-Kida disclosed: “We have locked down two Grade-A games with Dominican Republic and Canada, who will both be at the World Cup.
“These games, alongside those we are planning to organise when the team comes to Lagos, will provide quality tests for the team.”