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Coach Alex Nwora has invited 18 players to camp for the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers in Bamako, Mali, the Nigeria Basketball Federation announced on Sunday.

The qualifiers will run from 23rd to 25th February, 2018.

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The D’Tigers are in Group B, where they will take on hosts Mali, Rwanda and Uganda.

Five players from the 2017 AfroBasket silver-winning team top the list, including 3 home based players and 2 from the 2015 Afrobasket winning squad.

USA-based Ikechukwu Ireogbu has been invited alongside Ike Nwamu (Sioux Falls Skyforce, USA), Bryant Mbamalu (CD Vildivia, CHILE), Ike Diogu (Schun Blue Whales, CHINA) and Ayodeji Akindele (Belediye Spor, TURKEY).

Also part of the list are Eli Abraham (Kano Pillars, Nigeria), Abdulwahab Yakubu (Gombe Bulls, Nigeria) and Musa Usman Mohammed (Mark Mentors, Nigeria).

The duo of Ben Uzoh (unattached) and Michael Gbinijie (Santa Cruz Warriors, USA) are making their return to the side.

Other players invited include Ofoegbu Chima (unattached), Ojo Michael Adetokunbo (Worcester Wolves, UK), Mike Efevbeha (Sagesse, LEBANON), Obi Emenago (Rouen Basket, FRANCE), Omogbo Emmanuel (VL Pesaro, ITALY), Nwogbo Lotana Afam (Sendai 89ers, JAPAN), Talib Zanna (Ironi Nes-Ziona, ISRAEL) and Christopher Obekpa Ewaoche (Tranzaspor, TURKEY).

The foreign-based players are to report to Bamako on the 19th of this month, to be joined by the players and officials from Nigeria.