NBBF Crisis: D’Tigers May Miss FIBA World Cup Africa Qualifiers In Kigali
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By Our Correspondent
Nigeria’s senior male Basketball team, the D’Tigers are on the verge of missing out in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Africa qualifiers which holds in Kigali, Rwanda.
The three-day tournament will take place from July 1-3, 2022 with eight teams from Group A and B vying for six places in the decisive third round of the African qualifiers.
Recently, the governing body for basketball on the continent, FIBA Africa, confirmed that Rwanda will host the second window of World Cup qualifiers for Group B, and has now added Group A to the venue.
Group A consists of Mali, Cape Verde, Uganda and Nigeria the leader.
The first window of the qualifiers was held in Dakar, Senegal, where Rwanda finished in last place in Group B after failing to win a single game.
The top three teams from Groups A, B, C and D will advance to the second round of the African Qualifiers scheduled to start in the fourth window in August 2022.
The teams that finish in the top two places of Groups E and F in the second round, followed by the best third-place team will qualify to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 that will be co-hosted by Indonesia, Japan and Philippines.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s participation in the Qualifiers hangs in a balance because, the federal government through the Sports Ministry has prevented the newly elected board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) from carrying out their responsibilities.
World Governing Body of Basketball FIBA are on the verge of throwing out Nigeria from its fold as a result of political misunderstanding among the factional members of the board
The NBBF currently have two presidents with Musa Kida and Mark Igoche all claiming to be the “president of the board.