FIBA World Cup Qualifier: Nigeria left with uphill task after D'Tigers' loss to Angola
Nigeria's national men's basketball team now have an herculean task ahead of them to qualify for next year's FIBA World Cup after their painful loss to Angola on Sunday afternoon in group E FIBA World Cup Qualifier encounter,
D'Tigers fell 67-70 to remain in 4th position with 10 points, same points with third placed team, Cape Verde.
Coach Mfon Udoh’s men had bounced back from their defeat to Ivory Coast on Friday to record their third win of the ongoing FIBA qualifiers against Guinea 89-70.
But the game on Sunday was an improved performance from the D’Tigers as they comfortably registered a victory at the City Arena in Abidjan.
The win also boosted the team’s chances of picking one of the five tickets set aside for African teams at the 2023 World Cup taking place from August 25 to September 10 in Japan, Indonesia and in the Philippines but Sunday's defeat to Angola meant Nigeria will struggle to qualify for the World Cup.
Ivory Coast now sit at the summit of the Group E with a superior 12 points same points with Angola (12) after beating Nigeria on Sunday. Cape Verde occupies third place and Nigeria fourth with 10 points each.
At the end of these additional six games per team in this Second round, the two top teams in each group, along with the best third-placed team, will qualify to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
The qualification process follows the FIBA Competition System which was adopted for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.