Nigeria basketball team D’Tigers will begin camping for their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers on the 19th of June in Lagos under the supervision of coach, Alex Nwora, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.
The Secretary General of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Chimezie Asiegbu announced this on Tuesday and adding that invited players had already been contacted and their availability confirmed for the June window. The official list is expected to be released next week.
Nigeria will host the qualifiers which will also involve Uganda, Mali and Rwanda from June 29.
The Nigerian team was initially meant to camp in Buffalo in the United States. The NBBF Vice President, Babatunde Ogunade, that due unforeseen circumstances, the team was forced set camp in Lagos.
He said, “We had planned to open the camp in Buffalo but good thinking has advised that we shouldn’t and that we camp in Lagos.”
Ogunade explained that the federation would have wanted the team to train together for a longer period, but due to the commitments of targeted players with their various club and the financial implications on the federation’s finances, the players will stay in camp for just 10 days.
“We have a long list of players. Most of our players are in the middle of different competitions with their clubs abroad. Of course, we are struggling with cash, so overall we are looking at 10 days of camping.”
Nigeria is currently leading Group B and will hope to maintain their winning run in front of their home fans when they file out against Uganda on the 29th.
Their second game of the window will be against Rwanda on the 30th of June before facing Mali on the 1st of July.