The Women national basketball team, D’Tigress have been grouped alongside Turkey, Argentina and Australia for the 2018 FIBA women’s World Cup taking place in Tenerife, Spain.
At a brief ceremony held on Tuesday at the Teatro Leal, San Cristobal de la Laguna, Spain, Nigeria was drawn in group B for the biggest women basketball tournament coming up between 22nd and 30th of September, 2018.
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.
Reacting to the draws, Dallas Wings player and one of the most influential Nigerians in the WNBA, Evelyn Akhator said, “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.”
These were the official drawings for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup:
*Group A:* South Korea, Greece, Canada, France
*Group B:* Australia, Turkey, Argentina, Nigeria
*Group C:* Japan, Puerto Rico, Belgium, Spain
*Group D:* Latvia, USA, Senegal and China.