African champions, D’Tigress, will face USA, Serbia and Mozambique in Group A as they battle for a spot at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Sports Extra reports.
The draws for the 2020 FIBA OQT for both women and men took place on Wednesday at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball, FIBA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland and the games will be played from February 6 to 9, 2020.
D’Tigress will play in Belgrade, Serbia after being drawn in Group A.
In Group B, hosts France are drawn against Puerto Rico, Brazil and Australia, while Group C houses Korea, China (hosts), Great Britain and Spain.
Group D pools Canada, Japan, Sweden and hosts Belgium.
D’Tigress, back-to-back AfroBasket champions, last qualified for the Olympics in 2004. A total of 10 teams will join USA (world champions) and hosts Japan.
Reacting to the draw, the Nigeria Basketball Federation president, Musa Ahmadu-Kida, says qualification for the 2020 Olympics is possible despite admitting that it was a difficult draw.
“Being drawn against USA and Serbia surely will not make the job easy but I’m optimistic that qualification for the Olympics is possible,” Kida said in a statement made available to Sports Extra.
“We know that tournaments of this magnitude cost money, time and proper planning. We are going to be working with the Ministry of Sports and the minister, Sunday Dare, to ensure that we return to the Olympic Games.”