Nigeria have been drawn against Australia, Argentina and Turkey in Group B of the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup from September 22 to 30 in Tenerife, Spain. According to the draw, D’Tigress will start their campaign at the tournament against Australia on September 22 before facing Turkey on September 23 and Argentina on September 25.
Nigeria’s group opponents are ranked higher than them – making the group a tough one for the team. Australia are ranked fourth in the latest FIBA rankings while Turkey are seventh and Argentina are 15th in the world.
Coach Sam Vincent’s D’Tigress are currently ranked 37th in the world and fifth in Africa.
Senegal are drawn in Group D alongside Latvia, the USA and China.
Nigeria qualified for their first World Cup in 2006 but failed to win any game at the competition. They were eliminated from the group stage.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Basketball Federation on Sunday said the team would camp in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for their World Cup preparations.
The federation in a statement by their spokesman Afolabi Oni said they would release a provisional list of invited players for the competition after the Russia 2018 World Cup.