The draws for the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournaments took place in Geneva on Tuesday and Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress have been drawn against Afrobasket runners-up Mali.

Nigeria booked a place in the qualifiers after clinching the 2021 Afrobasket championship. They are grouped alongside France, China and Mali (Afrobasket Runners-up) in group B.

D’Tigress hoping to seal a spot at the 2022 world cup for the 3rd time in their history, can qualify for the mundial in Australia if they finish among top 3 best teams in the group.

The tournaments will feature four national teams each, with the top three from each qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2022 to complete the 12-team field for the main event.

Belgrade will host two qualifying tournaments, while Osaka and Washington, D.C. will each stage one event. These qualifying tournaments will take place from February 10 to 13.

The host of the Women’s World Cup 2022, Australia, and Olympic champions, USA, will participate in the qualifiers. However, both of these teams receive automatic qualification for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 – Australia as event hosts and the USA by virtue of winning the Olympic Women’s Basketball Tournament in Tokyo.

The new Women’s National Team Competition System came into effect in November 2019, setting out the road to all of FIBA’s main women’s competitions over a four-year cycle, including the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.