African champions D’Tigress have been drawn with Mozambique and DR Congo in Group A of the African Qualifiers for the Pre-Qualifying Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday in Dakar, Senegal.
The official draw ceremony featured FIBA Vice-president Hamane Niang, newly elected FIBA Africa President Anibal Manave, FIBA Africa Regional Director Alphonse Bile, members of the FIBA Africa Central Board and National Federations.
Top six teams at the ongoing FIBA Women’s AfroBasket will play at this tournament. The teams include: the two Finalists , hosts Senegal and the reigning champions Nigeria, Mozambique, Mali, DR Congo and Angola.
The D’Tigress of Nigeria have been drawn with Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo in Group A while Senegal will face Mali and Angola in Group B.
The African Qualifiers for the Pre-Qualifying Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from November 14-17 at a country yet to be determined.
Teams will play a round-robin format in their specific groups with the winner of Group A facing the second team in Group B while the winner of Group B will come up against the second ranked team in Group A in the Semi-Finals.
The two winners of the Semi-Finals will not play a Final as they will automatically advance to the 16-nation FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) where teams will be divided into four groups in February 2020.
The top three teams from each of the three WOQTs will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Prior to this format, the winner of the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket automatically qualified for the Summer Olympics.