2020 Olympics Qualifiers: D’Tigress join Brazil, Japan, Britain in Pot 3

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The senior women’s National Basketball team, D’Tigress have been seeded in Pot three alongside Japan, Brazil and Great Britain ahead of the draw ceremony for the 2020 Women Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament (WOQT).

The team picked one of the two available slots from Africa after beating Mali in the semifinal of the FIBA Africa organized pre-qualifiers held in Maputo, Mozambique last week.

It will be noted that the last time D’Tigress qualified for the Olympics was in 2004 which was hosted in Athens, Greece.

The number one rated team in Africa which got to the quarterfinals of the last World Cup in Spain will hope to join their male counterparts who had already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Mozambique who picked the second slot from Africa have landed in Pot four alongside Korea, Sweden and Puerto Ric

World Champions, United States of America (USA) were seeded alongside Australia, Spain and Canada while Pot two has France, Serbia, China and Belgium.

The draws will be conducted on Wednesday, November 27 in Switzerland with Belgium, China, France and Serbia slated to host the four WOQT groups from February 6 to 9, 2020.

It would be recalled that D’Tigress started the pre-Olympics qualifiers tournament with 20-0 points victory over their opponents from Democratic Republic of Congo (DR of C) via a walk-over exercise. In their second match they defeated hosts Mozambique 57-48 at the Pavilhao Maxaquene.

The 2019 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket champions showed superiority over their opponents in the first quarter with a 21-8 lead also taking the second quarter 17-11 going into the half time break 38-19 with a massive 19 points lead.

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The home side took control of the second half taking the third quarter 16-8 also coming tops in the fourth quarter 13- 11 but their late charge was not enough to guarantee a comeback as Nigeria qualified for the semifinal as group B winners against group A runners up, Mali.

Nigeria however dismissed Mali 74-59 in yet another showing of dominance to improve their unbeaten record to 16-0 in the past four years in Africa.

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