Nigeria’s D’Tigers have been drawn with Russia, Argentina and Korea in Group B of the FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup in China later this year.
1950 champions Argentina last finished on the podium in 2002 where they lost to Yugoslavia in the final held in the United States of America while Russia lost in the 1994 and 1998 final to the US and Yugoslavia respectively.
Five time NBA Champion and FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 ambassador, Kobe Bryant conducted the draws held at the Shenzhen Bay in China on Saturday while American best-selling singer and song writer Jason Derulo provided entertainment by performing some of his big hits.
32 qualified teams were grouped into eight groups of four teams each from seven.
Defending Champions USA will battle Turkey, Czech Republic and Japan in Group E. While host China have been grouped alongside Cote d’Ivoire, Poland and Venezuela in Group A.
The other three African teams Tunisia, Angola and Senegal were grouped in C, D and H respectively.
Tunisia will face Spain, Iran and Puerto Rico, Angola were drawn against Philippines, Italy and Serbia while Senegal will come up against Canada, Lituania and Australia.
The 18th edition of the FIBA World Cup will for the first time record 32 national teams and the game will be played across eight cities from August 31 to September 15 in China.