Basketball: D’Tigress Get Tough Afrobasket Draw
Nigeria’s women national basketball team, D’Tigress have been handed a seemingly tough draw in the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket.
In the draws conducted over the weekend, the country’s female national basketball team will compete for honours in Group B with continental power houses Mozambique and Egypt, defending champions, Senegal, Guinea and a yet to be determined team from Zone 4.
In the other groupings, teams drawn in Group A are hosts Mali, Cameroon, who hosted the last edition in 2015, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire and Angola. The last spot in the group has been reserved for a wild card team.
The Nigerian ladies, who were bronze medalists in the 2015 edition, were incidentally in the same group with Senegal who they beat but lost in the crucial semifinal to Cameroon.
They however, beat the 2013 champions, Angola to win bronze.
FIBA stated that the 12-team competition would take place from August 18 to 27 at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in Bamako.
It also serves as a qualifier for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 holding in Spain.