D’Tigress, Nigeria’s national female basketball team have been drawn in group B with France, Australia, Canada, Japan and Serbia ahead of 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup campaign in Sydney, Australia in September.

The D’Tigress, who have won the past three African titles, came from behind to beat France 67-65 in their second game at the FIBA Women’s World Cup qualifiers in Belgrade, Serbia, and defeated Mali 74-69 to book a place at the Mondial.

The tournament has two groups with a total of 10 countries. In group A, world number one, China is joined with Belarus, Korea, United States, Bosnia Herzegovina and one other team yet to be determined.

Group A – Belgium, China, Bosnia and Herzegovina, TBD, South Korea, United States

Group B – France, Serbia, Japan, Nigeria, Canada, Australia

Russia had qualified for the tournament, but world governing body Fiba has excluded Russian teams and officials from its competitions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“FIBA remains very concerned by the recent events in Ukraine and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victims.

“In line with the International Olympic Committee Executive Board resolution and its reasons, FIBA has announced today that Russian teams and officials will not be allowed to participate in FIBA Basketball and 3×3 Basketball competitions until further notice.

“FIBA strongly condemns violence and hopes peace will urgently prevail. read a FIBA statement when the decision was made.

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