FIBA: D’Tigers drop one spot in latest world ranking, retain 1st in Africa


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The Nigerian national basketball team, D’Tigers has dropped one spot from their 32nd position to 33rd in the latest FIBA world ranking released on Thursday.

D’Tigers are one of the 47 teams that dropped in the ranking despite having qualified for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.

The 2017 FIBA AfroBasket runner-up, D’Tigers amassed 292.8 points to retain their status as the best team in Africa.

Angola moved up one spot from third to second in Africa and one as well in the world ranking from 37 to 36 recording 266.0 points after winning all three of their games in the African Qualifiers – on home soil in Luanda – to also punch their ticket to China 2019.

Senegal occupies the third position in Africa with 261.2 points to finish 39th in the world ranking.

Tunisia and Egypt maintained the fourth and fifth place to be ranked 51st and 52nd respectively in the world ranking.

Other countries in the African top ten are Cameroon who moved up five places in sixth place (58th in the world), Morocco (60th in the world), Mali (67th in the world) Cote D’ Ivoire (68th in the world) and Central African Republic (35th in the world).

In the world ranking, USA remains the top team in the world and they are followed by Spain, France, Serbia, and Argentina in the top five. Lituania, Slovenia, Greece, Croatia, and Australia completed the top ten.

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