By Caleb Theophilus

The draws for the Women Basketball World Cup event to be held in Sydney, Australia was concluded with Africa’s sole representative D’Tigress of Nigeria drawn up in a tough Group B where they would meet Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist France, host and past winners Australia, last terms finalist Japan, fourth placed side Canada and Serbia.

Group A has world power house and defending champions USA, Asian side China, Belgium and 2 others. One more slot would be announced in group A as Russia were kicked out following their invasion of Ukraine.

Nigeria got another passage to participate at the tourney after impressive victories against France and Mali in Belgrade, this followed an earlier lose to China. It would be noted that Nigeria has the record of being the only African side to make it to the quarterfinals stage in 2018 in Spain where they finished in 8th place after a close 72-73 lose to Canada.

Nigeria’s present 14th place would be the countries highest ranking going into the Women’s World Cup after they were previously placed 42nd in the world going to Tenerife, Spain where they springed shocking results against 7th placed Turkey, 15th placed Argentina and 20th placed Greece before succumbing to the firepower of the USA.

The Otis Hughley’s side is expected to have a full house in Sydney after missing the services of France based Ezinne Kalu during the qualifiers. They would look to prepare well to match or possibly surpass there 8th place finish last time out with the present NBBF crises.

The top 4 teams in each group would make it to the quarterfinals of the 10 day tournament kicking off on the 22nd of September 2022.

This is how the teams are grouped:
Group A: Belgium, China, Bosnia and Herzgovenia, South Korea and (to be named team replacing Russia
Group B: France, Serbia, Japan, Nigeria, Canada and Australia.


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