Nigeria’s senior national male basketball team, D’Tigers, will face Russia, Argentina and South Korea at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, following the draw conducted on Saturday at Shenzhen in China.
NAN reports that the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw was presented before a crowd of 8,000 spectators at the Shenzhen Bay Arena.
The draw sets out the path for the 32 participating teams in their journey to be crowned world champions in FIBA’s flagship competition on September 15.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Groups are IN!
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D’Tigers have been drawn in Group B and will play their group games in Wuhan, with familiar foes Argentina looking to be their biggest opponents.
In Nigeria’s first appearance at the global stage, the South Americans beat them 68-51 in their Group D game at the 1998 edition of the 16-team FIBA World Championship in Greece.
D’Tigers lost all three group matches but finally finished 13th in the competition which is now known as the FIBA World Cup, after winning their two classification matches.