Again, FIBA Selects Lagos As Host Of World Cup Qualifier

In the quest to be in China in 2019, unbeaten D'Tigers currently lead the pack with 12 points in Group F

D'Tigers in action at the last qualifier in Lagos. CREDIT: NBBF

Lagos has once again been picked as host of the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup qualifiers 4th round. The event holds between the 14th and 16th of September, 2018.

The decision to award the hosting rights of the 4th window of the qualifiers was contained in a letter sent to the Nigeria Basketball Federation secretariat. The letter which came in on Friday, is by FIBA (Federation of International Basketball Federation) Africa Secretary General, Alphonse Bile.

Many describe the latest announcement as an evidence of the growing confidence in Nigeria by FIBA. The confidence ultimately makes Nigeria a major player on the African continent under the leadership of Engineer Musa Kida.

Official 12-man D’Tigers team at the last qualifier in Lagos. CREDIT: NBBF

Host- Nigeria currently lead the pack with 12 points in Group F. Alex Nwora’s men are alongside Senegal, Central Africa, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali.


Reacting to the letter, NBBF President, Musa Kida says winning the hosting right for the second consecutive time presents the D’Tigers the perfect opportunity to continue their unbeaten run in front of their home fans in their quest to qualify for the World Cup.

NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida. CREDIT: Fuze Nigeria

“We are so excited that we have been considered by FIBA to host Group F. This, after we made an impression last time out. This is another opportunity for everybody to play their part in this memorable journey to China.”

Engr Kids concludes: “The team will be banking on their home crowd as they hope to extend their unbeaten run against tougher oppositions while the fans will troop out as usual to watch their team play.”

Nigeria sit atop group F with 12 points from 6 games while Senegal is second with 11 point.

Central Africa Republic and Rwanda occupy the 3rd and 4th spots with 9 points apiece. Cote d’Ivoire and Mali are both on 8 points.

Tunisian city of Rades host the Group E games.

At the end of the group games, the 2 highest placed teams from the 2 groups and the overall third placed team will qualify for the 2019 World cup holding in China.


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