FIBA said in a statement that this was in view of its position as the next ranked team from Group B of the qualifiers.
This followed FIBA’s decision to replace Nigeria at the upcoming 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Australia.
D’Tigress had qualified for the World Cup billed for Sydney, Australia, starting in September 2022, after defeating France and Mali in the Group B of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade.
This reaction came immediately after the draw ceremony which saw the team pitted in Group B against France, Serbia, Japan, Canada and host Australia.
Nigeria’s D’Tigress beat Mali in the final of the Championships in Cameroon last year to win the Afrobasketball women’s title for the third time in a row.
The game which lived up to its expectation saw the team hold out against a desperate Mali to seal a 73-69 points win.
The Nigerian girls, who arrived Serbia only a few days ago, lost three quarters of the game 29-14, 25-22 and 25-16.
D’Tigress moved to number 15 after winning the Women’s AfroBasket title in Cameroon, with runners-up Mali, also getting a one-position bump up to 40th place.
In a statement by his spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, the President said he was extremely delighted to see the team excel over and over again on the regional and world stages, “demonstrating that with hardwork, resilience and dedication, victory is sure.
The Nigerian lads defeated the Malians by 11-22, 13 -9, 14 -28 and 21 -11.
In a highly-charged semi-final encounter between two West African rivals, Nigeria continued her unbeaten run in the competition with a dominant performance.
The reigning African champions took control of the game from tip-off and running at 10-0 in the first two minutes of the game and ending the first quarter 24-8.
Nigeria is in Group B alongside Mozambique and Angola, with Group A having hosts Cameroon, Cape Verde and Kenya.
This followed the September 30th date recently announced by the Federal Ministry of Sports for the Sports Federation elections.
Fresh from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the federation led by Engr Musa Kida said the federation has full confidence in the technical and tactical abilities of the two elite coaches to come good in line with the long term objectives of the federation.
D’Tigress’ loss to Japan made it three losses from three Games they played in Group B of the women’s competition’s group stage, having lost earlier to the US and France.
The result makes it the second straight loss after a narrow 72-81 loss to the United States of America in the first game
With Tokyo 2020 now fully underway, we take a look at both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball events, both of which feature Nigeria as African representatives. The Basketball tournaments will run from till Sunday, 8 August, with all games held at the Saitama Super Arena in greater Tokyo.
In the game arranged to prepare both sides for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, the Americans were totally dominant of the D’Tigress