The Nigerian women’s basketball team, D’Tigress has been eliminated from the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup after the State Government withdrew all teams from international competitions.
D’Tigress competed in a World Cup qualifier in Sydney, Australia, starting in September 2022, after defeating France and Mali in the final qualifying tournament.
The FIBA decision comes after negotiations with the Nigeria Basketball Federation to see how the decision on whether the defending African champions will represent the continent can be reversed.
The International Basketball Association has stated that Nigeria has been barred from participating in the tournament due to the NBBF’s failure to ensure Nigeria’s participation in the tournament.
Mali, who were beaten by Nigeria in the 2021 AfroBasket Women’s Championship to win their fifth title, will now replace D’Tigress as Africa’s ambassadors.
The FIBA statement reads in part, “In subsequent communications with the NBBF, and despite FIBA’s request, it has become clear that in light of the circumstances surrounding the government’s decision, the NBBF cannot guarantee its participation in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.
“Considering the many times that can be postponed to ensure the success of a major international event (visa procedures, schedules, ticket sales, accommodation, friendly matches, first roster, flight tickets, authorization, etc.) and protection. the integrity of the competition, the FIBA Executive Committee has decided as follows:
“Nigeria’s withdrawal from the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 has been confirmed.
“Mali, as the next group to be ranked in Group B of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, has been invited to participate in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.
Auntyamebo blog reported that FIBA threatened to impose sanctions following the country’s decision to withdraw from international competitions for two years.
FIBA, however, said it would announce any further decisions from the body regarding Nigeria’s withdrawal from international competitions.
“FIBA will announce whether there will be any further decisions regarding NBBF participation in other FIBA tournaments and any possible disciplinary action in due course,” the statement concluded.