African teams to know 2019 FIBA World Cup opponents

Angola, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will represent Africa at the competition

African teams will know their group foes at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China when the draw for the competition holds in Shenzhen, China on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Angola, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will represent Africa at the competition which holds from Saturday, 31 August to Sunday, 15 September 2019 in eight Chinese cities.

Nigeria will be making their third appearance after a 12-year absence since 2006, and their coach Alex Nwora is looking forward to the challenge.

“Nothing good comes easy and I am waiting to see the teams that will be drawn against us. The 32 teams which have qualified for the World Cup have the potential to win the championship, so no country can be underrated, “Nwora told the NBBF media department. “This is a historic moment for me as the head coach and as a Nigerian. Before the qualifiers started, nobody knew that we would have qualified with four games left to play and also as the best team in Africa.”

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Host nation China, USA, Spain, France, Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania, and Greece have all been announced by the Federation of International Basketball Associations FIBA as top seeds.


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