Nigerian ladies, D’Tigress have been grouped alongside Turkey, Argentina and Australia for the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup taking place in Tenerife, Spain.
At the Tuesday draw held at the Teatro Leal, San Cristobal de la Laguna, Spain, Nigerian ladies were drawn in Group B for the biggest women basketball tournament coming up between 22nd and 30th of September.
The team will be hoping to surpass their 2006 outing where they lost all their group games against China, Russia and United States before suffering another defeat in the classification game against Senegal to finish 16th.
Dallas Wings and Nigeria star, Evelyn Akhator said on Tuesday, “I think it will be a great outing for us being drawn alongside Australia Turkey and Argentina. I have watched the Turkish national team play and I am confident that we will surmount them. On the other hand Australia and Argentina, we will give a good fight with all hopes of winning.”
Akhator who powered the D’Tigress to their Afrobasket win in Mali believes that there is an endless world of possibilities if the team can have a good preparation coupled with relentless effort and determination of the players as well as the management.
“A build up on our previous success at the Afrobasket would surely bear fruitful result.”
Nigeria coach, Sam Vincent said the draw has officially kick-started their preparation for the world cup and their goal of securing a medal.
“I am excited and confident about our position in the pool drawing for Spain. It moves us one step closer to our goal of securing a medal in the 2018 FIBA World Cup.”
The Group Phase will be held in Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin in San Cristóbal de La Laguna and the Palacio Municipal de Deportes “Quico Cabrera” in Santa Cruz.
The final phase will hold in the Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin.