Nigeria’s D’Tigers have been grouped alongside Australia, New Zealand and Canada in the basketball event of the XXI Commonwealth Games, tagged Gold Coast 2018.
Ranked number one in Africa and 32nd in the world, Nigeria is still the lowest ranking team in their group.
Host country, Australia who finished 4th at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is ranked 10th in the world. Making their debut at the Commonwealth, Canada is ranked 25th in the world and have participated in nine Olympic games and won a silver medal at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
New Zealand will be taking part in their 21st Commonwealth Games, having competed at every games since their inception in 1930 which has seen many people dubbing it as the ‘Group of Death’.
With the fixtures, the D’Tigers will start their campaign against New Zealand on Friday 6th April 2018 before facing Canada, a day later. On Monday, 10th of April, it will be a fierce battle against the host.
The top 2 teams in group A will proceed to the semifinals stage while the bottom 2 teams from group A will play the top 2 teams from pool B in the qualifying finals with the 3rd A vs 2nd B and 4th A vs 1st B.
The order of the games will be determined during the competition.
The Nigerian team has been in camp since Friday, January 5, 2018 in Lagos.
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