D’Tigers head coach Alex Nwora will release his 12-man roster to the 2019 FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup on August 27.
The team who arrived arrived Yangzhou, China on Wednesday for the last phase of their FIBA World Cup preparation will battle Poland, Montenegro and Iran in the Peak International tournament from Thursday August 22 to 27.
Nwora revealed that the final 12 man list will be released after their Peak Invitational campaign on the 27th before their first game against Russia on Saturday, 31st of August.
Meanwhile, the team’s General Manager, Musa Adamu revealed that the team had to wait for the NBBF President to return from Senegal where he went to cheer the D’Tigress to their fourth African title before they could leave.
“I want to thank the President, Engr Musa Kida specially for again making our trip possible and to participate at the World Cup. Without him and the support of the federation, this would have been a different story altogether.”
With many wondering whether the much anticipated financial intervention by the Federal Government has come, the NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida said the federation had to internally source for funds through loans.
Kida said, the federation cannot afford to allow Nigeria who became the first country in the world to qualify for the world cup to miss out or go to China as mere participants.
Nigeria whose last appearance at the World Cup was in 2006 is grouped alongside Russia, Argentina and Korea in Group B.