Nigeria’s female basketball national team, D’Tigress have been rewarded in terms of statistics for their recent qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, as they climbed three spots up in the latest global rankings by world by for the sport, Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA), megasportsarena.com reports.
The latest FIBA world rankings show that D’Tigress moved up three spots, after their impressive outing during the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers in Belgrade, Serbia last week, which saw them book their log as the only African team that will participate at the 2020 Summer Games in August.
After successfully defending their Afrobasket title which they won in 2017 by beating the hosts, Senegal in the final, D’Tigress were one of two African teams who made it from the Olympics pre-qualifying tournament in Belgrade.
The Nigerian team then defeated Mozambique by 34 points and was close to upsetting hosts, Serbia, who are also the current Olympics and 2019 Eurobasket bronze medalists, but Nigeria lost to them by six points and then fell to the world champions, USA, by five points, in spite of dominating and leading for over 30 minutes of the game.
Consequently, Nigeria remain number one in Africa, while Senegal are second and unchanged in the world ranking, with Mozambique jumping seven places to 36th in the world and third in the continent, despite again losing to D’Tigress in Belgrade, making it their third straight loss.
The world’s best six teams remain unchanged, with USA maintaining top position, followed by Australia, Spain, Canada, France and Turkey, while D’Tigress rightfully earned their position as 14th best team in the world as they look to spring up more surprises in Tokyo.