D’Tigers begin Afrobasket hunt against Kenya, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire  | The Guardian Nigeria News

D’Tigers begin Afrobasket hunt against Kenya, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire  | The Guardian Nigeria News

D’Tigers will face Kenya, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire in Group C of the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket to be hosted by Rwanda.

At a brief ceremony yesterday, the 2015 Afrobasket champions landed in Group C of the tournament to be held between August 24 and September 5.

With many already tipping the team as one of the title contenders, Nigeria will still face Cote d’Ivoire (ranked 50), 77th ranked Mali and Coach Liz Mills inspired Kenya, who pulled off an upset against Angola with a buzzer beater to qualify after 28 years wait.

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics bound team will hope to go a step further than their 2017 achievement where they won the silver medal.

The team, who lost to host-Tunisia then, have since evolved to become number one in Africa and number 22 in the world.

D’Tigers in 2019 became the first country in the world to qualify for the FIBA World Cup. Despite narrowly missing out of the quarterfinals, the team were able to punch their Olympics ticket as the highest ranked team out of Africa at the tournament.

Source: Sport – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

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