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D’Tigers rise in the latest FIBA rankings

Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, have moved up two places in the latest FIBA World Ranking.

The team is now ranked 19th in the world despite D’Tigers, dropping two games out of three at the FIBA Basketball World Cup African Qualifiers in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in August.

Nigeria however retains the number one spot in Africa with Tunisia taking a huge leap of 7 steps to rank 20th in the world and second in Africa.

Senegal are 36 in the world and third in Africa after dropping four places while Angola dropped nine places in the world to rank 39 and 4 in Africa just as the already qualified team for the 2023 World Cup Cote d’Ivoire dropped two places to rank 42 and are 5th on the continent.

The top-ranked team in the world remains the US, Spain are second while Australia, Argentina, and, France occupy 3,4, and 5 positions respectively.

The number one spot will be at stake during the last two windows of the FIBA World Cup 2023 Qualifiers next year but the US falling out of the top spot has never happened before since the inception of the FIBA World Ranking.

The latest edition of the FIBA world ranking includes the results from this summer’s two Windows of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas, Editing by Omotola Oguneye