D’Tigresses draw Mozambique, Senegal, Egypt, Guinea
Nigeria’s women national basketball team, D’Tigresses will compete for honours in Group B of the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket with Mozambique, defending champions, Senegal, Guinea and Egypt, as well as a yet to be determined team from Zone 4 as their opponents.
According to the official draw held on Saturday in Bamako, Mali, teams drawn in Group A are host Mali, Cameroon, who hosted the last edition in 2015, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire and Angola. The last spot in the group has been reserved for a wild card team.
The Nigerian ladies, who were bronze medallists in the 2015 edition, were incidentally in the same group with Senegal who they beat but lost in the crucial semifinal to Cameroun. They however, beat the 2013 champions, Angola for the bronze.
FIBA stated that the 12-team competition would take place from August 18 to 27 at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in Bamako. It also serves as a qualifier for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 holding in Spain.
The first phase will be played in a round-robin format, with every team taking on its five opponents in its respective groups. The top four teams from each group will advance to the second phase.
The tournament will be played in a knock-out format from the quarterfinals onwards. The third place game and the final will be played on the last day of the competition, August 27.