The Nigerian men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, secured their spot in the second round of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers for 2023 with three victories out of five games.
Nigeria reached the cutoff with eight (8) points after defeating Mali, who did not show up for their game, 20-0, and joined group leader Cape Verde and third-placed Uganda in the next round.
The top three teams in Group A will be combined with the top three teams in Group C, which consists of Côte d’Ivoire, Angola, Guinea, and the Central African Republic, in accordance with the pre-qualification rules.
After losing to the eventual group champion, Cape Verde, both teams will play Uganda on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The squad, led by Alan Major, will look for a repetition of their February first meeting, when they easily defeated Uganda 95-69 points to determine the second and third berths.
The matches in the following round will take place from August 22 through 30.