2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers kicks off on February and many have expressed optimism that the D’Tigers ,Winners and Runner-up in the last 2 editions of the Afro-Basket championship could pick up a ticket to the World Cup from the group that pits Nigeria against, Mali, Uganda and Rwanda.

The nation’s senior national men’s team, D’Tigers, is expected to play against their Ugandan counterparts before playing Rwanda and Mali in the tournament starting on Feb. 23 in Bamako, Mali.

The players have been carefully selected; some are from the victorious 2015 Afrobasket winning team, while others are from the 2017 silver winning team and others home-based.They have the capacity to do well because of their quality and level of competitive play time which sets them up as top-rated players in their own rights.

We have a formidable team, and looking at the 18-man list put together. The team list includes players who formed the nucleus of the team that came second at the 2017 Afrobasket Nations Cup in Tunisia and some players making a return after some years.

Ikechukwu Ikerogbu, a revelation at the 2017 silver winning Afrobasket team will provide the leadership role needed, while Ike Diogu and Ayodeji Akindele’s qualities are a great boost to the team.The duo of Micheal Gbinije and Ben Uzo who are coming back to the team will provide the quality that propelled Nigeria to secure her first ever Nations Cup glory in 2015 in Tunisia.