Cape Verde cage D’Tigers in 2023 FIBA world cup qualifier opener
Nigeria’s D’Tigers on Friday opened their 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifier campaign with a defeat to Cape Verde.
The 2015 African champions fell 71-79 to Cape Verde on Friday at the Benguela, Pavilhão Multiusos Acácias Rubras in Angola.
The Nigerian men’s basketball team started the game on a high note with a 20-18 lead in the first quarter, however, narrowly losing the second quarter 15-16 to Cape Verde.
They rallied back into the game with a three-point advantage of 20-17 in the third quarter, but failed to pull their weight in the fourth quarter and ended up losing 16-28 points.
D’Tigers will take on Mali in the second qualification game on Saturday. The game is scheduled to take place at 2:00 p.m. local time.
Nigeria are in group A with Cape Verde, Mali and Uganda.
16 African teams are competing in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers through five tournament windows over 15 months.
The qualifiers run from November to February 2023, with five African national teams earning a spot in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 scheduled to take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023 in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines.
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