Nigeria’s D’Tigers have dropped six places in the latest FIBA rankings released by the World Basketball governing body on Monday. In the FIBA World ranking updated following the November 2017 games of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers, Nigeria remain number one in Africa and moved to 32nd in the world.
Angola who won all three games in the first round of the 2019 World Cup qualifiers, are second in Africa and 33rd in the world ahead of Senegal (36), Tunisia (46), Egypt (51), Cote D’Ivoire (65), Morocco (67), Cameroon (70), Mali (74) and the Central Africa Republic (79).
Most notable move by an African team is Chad. The Chadians jumped up six spots to 111th following a resounding victory over Guinea (85-51).
Lithuania, on the strengths of convincing wins away at Kosovo (99-61) and over Poland (75-55), move up one place, from sixth to fifth. Brazil also jump one spot, from 10th to ninth beating Chile at home (86-73) and getting the better of Venezuela (72-60) in Rio.
USA still world number one basketball nation followed by Spain, Serbia, France, Lithuania, Argentina, Slovenia, Croatia, Brazil and Australia in that order.
The FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, will be updated following the February 2018 games of the World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.
Nigeria will play against Uganda, Rwanda and Mali in the February 2018 window.