Nigeria’s national basketball team, D’Tigers will know their foes in the group stage of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 when the draws are held later today at Shenzhen Bay Arena, China.
32 teams will be involved in the draws with eight groups all having four teams each.
The Federation of International Basketball has put Nigeria in pot 7 alongside Senegal, New Zealand and Angola for the draw ceremony, based on the latest FIBA World Ranking for Men after the last window of qualifiers played in February.
Host- China are in pot 1 alongside USA, Spain and France. Pot 2 has Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania and Greece while Russia, Australia, Brazil and Italy complete pot 3.
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Venezuela are in pot 4. Germany, Czech, Poland and Iran are in pot 5 while FIBA grouped Canada, Montenegro, Philippines and Korea in pot 6
Japan, Jordan, Tunisia and the last African team to qualify, Cote d’Ivoire make up teams in pot 8.
According to the guidelines released by the world basketball body, Pots 1, 4, 5 and 8 will feed Groups A, C, E and G while Pots 2, 3, 6 and 7 will feed Groups B, D, F and H.
China will be placed in Group A with all their group matches to be played in Beijing and reigning world champions USA will be allocated to Group E in Shanghai.
Group B games will be played in Wuhan. The city of Guangzhou will host Group C while Foshan will play host to Group D team.
Group F teams will play in Nanjing, Group G in Shenzhen while Dongguan is the preferred city for Group H teams.
The World Cup holds between the 31st of August and 15th of September.
Nigeria will be represented at the draws by Lawal Razaq Dayo, Nigerian high ranking embassy staff in China and D’Tigers’ team manager, Musa Adamu.