Africa’s highest-ranking team, Nigeria has been drawn in Group B for the FIBA World Cup due in September 2019.
Nigeria will play alongside Russia, Argentina and Korea, where two teams will emerge at the end of the first round preliminaries in the 32-team format for the World Cup.
A total of 32 teams were drawn into 8 Groups of four teams each, which saw the other four teams from Africa namely Cote d’ Ivoire drawn in Group A with Poland, Venezuela and host, China. Tunisia is in Group C alongside Spain, Iran and Puerto Rico; Angola is in Group D with Philippines, Italy and Serbia, while Senegal is in Group H with Canada, Lithuania and Australia.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw, presented by Wanda, took place at Shenzhen Bay Arena on last Saturday.
Global sporting icon and World Cup Ambassador, Kobe Bryant, together with American best-selling singer/songwriter, Jason Derulo, headlined the star-studded event.
The milestone event on the Road to China 2019 took place under FIBA President, Horacio Muratore, FIBA Secretary General, Andreas Zagklis and representatives from the 32 participating teams, including Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) President, Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian, captain of the Chinese team.
They were joined by members of FIBA’s Executive Committee and Central Board, as well as by high-ranking officials from the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and representatives from the eight host cities.
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