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FIBA Afrobasket Championship: D’Tigers to battle Mali, Rwanda, Algeria

Ezinne Kalu

The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) said on Monday that D’Tigers would compete in Qualification Group D alongside Mali, Rwanda and Algeria for a place in the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Championship.

Afolabi Oni, the federation’s Media Officer, disclosed in a statement that the team which narrowly lost the title in 2017 to co-hosts Tunisia would start their qualification campaign in November.

“D’Tigers, who are 2020 Olympic Games-bound, will start the qualification campaign between Nov. 23 and Dec. 1 at venues yet to be determined by FIBA Africa,’’ he said.

“The teams will play the two tournaments format during the three international windows for a place in the 2021 Afrobasket Championship,’’ he said.

“The top three teams from each group will automatically qualify for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 to be held in Rwanda,’’ he said.

Although, D’Tigers are tipped as one of the favorites during the qualifiers, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) said it will not leave anything to chance as they are focused on commencing an early preparation.

The teams will play two tournaments format during the three international windows for a place in 2021 Afrobasket Championship.

The final phase of qualifiers will be played between 15th and 23rd of February, 2021 by all the 20 countries divided into five groups.

The top three teams from each group will automatically qualify for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 to be held in Rwanda.

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