Nigeria’s national female basketball team, D’Tigress, has been drawn in Group B alongside Turkey, Argentina and Australia for the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup scheduled to take place in Tenerife, Spain.
The draw, held on Tuesday in Tenerife, showed that Group A has France, Canada, Greece and Korea, while host Spain will slug it out with Belgium, Puerto Rico and Japan in Group C.
Africa’s other representative Senegal is pitched against 2016 Rio Olympics champion U.S., Latvia and China in Group D.
The tournament is billed for September 22 to September 30.
“I think it will be a great outing for us being drawn alongside Australia, Turkey and Argentina. I have watched the Turkish national team play and I am confident that we will surmount them. On the other hand Australia and Argentina, we will give a good fight with all hopes of winning,” Akhator was quoted in a media statement released by Nigerian Basketball Federation.
“A build-up on our previous success at the AfroBasket would surely bear fruitful result.”
The head coach of the side, Sam Vincent, also revealed that the draw has officially kick-started their preparation for the World Cup.
“I am excited and confident about our position in the pool drawing for Spain. It moves us one step closer to our goal of securing a medal in the 2018 FIBA World Cup.”
According to the organisers, the Group Phase will be held in Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin in San Cristóbal de La Laguna and the Palacio Municipal de Deportes “Quico Cabrera” in Santa Cruz.
The Final Phase will take center stage in the Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin.