In its bid to adequately prepare Nigeria’s male senior basketball team, D’Tigers for the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has lined up top class friendlies against Canada and Dominican Republic.
D’Tiger will take on Dominican plat Santo Domingo July 19th and 25th in a two legged affair before squaring up against Canada in another two-legged encounter at Quebec and Ontario August 5 and 11, 2019 respectively.
According to the Nigerian team’s programme of events made available to SportsWaka.com , the former African champion will open camp in the United States of America before moving to Canada. Lagos, Nigeria will be venue of the final phase of preparation with NBBF already in advanced talks with a yet to be named World Cup bound team for a 2-legged friendly.
NBBF factional pesident, Engr. Musa Kida, said his federation is determined to give the team adequate preparation they can to ensure the team does the nation proud in China when the global basketball showpiece dunks off August 31, 2019.
“We have locked down 2 grade A games with Dominican Republic and Canada who will both be at the World Cup. These games alongside those we are still planning to organize when the team comes to Lagos, we believe, will provide quality tests for the team.
” Kida revealed that though the choices of camp sites in the USA and Canada have not been made due to factors such as quality of facilities, playing personnel and most importantly funds, agreements have been concluded with the Canadian and Dominican Republic Basketball Federations for the games.
Meanwhile, the team is also billed to participate in a friendly tournament featuring some teams that will take part in the mundial in China between 21st and 26th of August. The team coached by Alex Nwora is drawn in Group B alongside Argentina, Russia and Korea with all its group games to be played in Wuhan. The 2019 FIBA World Cup will take place between August 30th of and 16th of September 2019.