By Albert Akota
D’Tigers will play two pre-tournament friendlies against the Dominican Republic and Canada ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
The 2019 FIBA World Cup will take place between August 30th of and 16th of September 2019 in China.
D’Tigers two legged encounter against Dominican Republic will take place in Santo Domingo between July 19th and 25th while they will take on Canada in Quebec and Ontario between August 5th and 11th 2019.
“We have locked down 2 grade A games with Dominican Republic and Canada who will both be at the World Cup,” Nigerian Basketball Federation President, Engr. Musa Kida was quoted in a media statement from the NBBF.
“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.”
The statement also revealed that D’Tigers will open their training camp in the United States of America before moving to Canada.
While 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 two-legged friendly.
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.
D’Tigers will face Argentina, Russia and Korea in group B at the tournament with all its group games to be played in Wuhan.