Nigeria grabs China 2019 World Cup ticket

Nigeria D’Tigers qualified for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China after they whipped Central African Republic 114-69 in Lagos on Saturday, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The win gave the Tigers their eighth straight win in the run up to the biggest basketball competition in the world.

The Tunisians have also qualified after also extending their unbeaten run in the Second Round of the African Qualifiers to eighth on Saturday evening after running to a 69-47 victory against Egypt.

It was Nigeria’s victory in Lagos that put them over the top, as it ensured that the D’Tigers cannot drop below second place in Group F’s standings and also guaranteed that Tunisia’s win tally, at worst, earns them qualification as the best third-place team in the same group. It is the third time Nigeria would be at the World Cup after making their debut with Greece ’98. The Tigers were also in Japan 2006.

In other matches played earlier on at the National Stadium, Lagos Senegal defeated Mali 82-71 and Cote d’Ivoire sank Rwanda 71-53.

There are three more tickets to play for in the African Qualifiers, with the continent delegating a total of five national teams to the first ever 32-team edition of FIBA’s flagship competition.

The top two teams each from Groups E and F and the best third-placed team will advance to China 2019.