The Nigeria men’s basketball team, D’Tigers have qualified for the FIBA Men’s World Cup scheduled for China in 2019.
Aside from emerging as the first African team to book a place at the World Cup in China, D’Tigers have also been perfect in the qualifying series; winning all their eight games so far.
The latest win for D’Tigers came against Central African Republic (CAR) who they pummeled 114 – 69 on Saturday at the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Ike Iroegbu (18), Ike Nwamu (16), Ben Uzoh (16), Al Farouq Aminu (12), Stan Okoye (11), Alade Aminu (11) – all finished with double digits points.
A day earlier, D’Tigers had it tougher against Ivory Coast but eventually prevailed; winning 84 to 73 in Game 1, (Window 4).
Tunisia also qualified for the World Cup moments later as they are the second team from the African Qualifiers to advance.
They eased past fellow North Africans, Egypt, 69-47.
D’Tigers will face Senegal on Sunday before the next window in November.
The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup to be held in China will take place from August 31-September 15, 2019.