AfroBasket qualifiers: D’Tigers not camping in Nigeria, says NBBF
NEWSMAN – Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBF) has confirmed that D’Tigers will not be holding their training camp in the country ahead of the 2021 AfroBasket qualifying game in Rwanda.
NBBF Secretary General, Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi, who made the disclosure, also established that the federation officials are still gathering the names of players to be invited.
“The list of invited players will be released very soon, but we are still gathering them. They will not be camping in Nigeria. The majority of them are not in the country and so to bring them to Nigeria amidst ongoing pandemic is going to cost the federation more,” he said.
The second round window is scheduled for November 25 to 29 in Kigali, while the AfroBasket 2021 will run from August 24 through September 5, also in Rwanda.
D’Tigers, who were runners-up at the 2017 Afrobasket, will be looking forward to winning all their games in Rwanda to put them ahead for the 2021 tournament at the magnificent 10,000-seater Kigali Arena, PUNCH reported.
Nigeria is grouped alongside host nation – Rwanda, Mali, and Algeria in Group D. D’Tigers will begin their race for qualification against Algeria on November 26 before taking on Rwanda on November 28.
Their last game will be against Mali on November 29.
The top three teams from each group will automatically qualify for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 to be held in Rwanda.