Nigeria’s men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, maintained their place as the top team in the continent and the 19th-best team in the world in the most recent FIBA World rankings despite missing out on the FIBA World Cup.
D’Tigers won two games, defeating Guinea and Ivory Coast, during the just-finished window of the African World Cup qualifiers in Luanda. However, they lost the last match to Angola, ceding the qualifying spot to Cape Verde.
The D’Tigers are the best basketball-playing nation in Africa and rank 19th in the world, according to the most recent rankings posted on the FIBA website, with 461.4 points.
While Senegal is ranked third in Africa but 21st in the world, Tunisia is ranked second on the continent and 21st overall with 448.6 points. The fourth-best country in Africa is Angola, yet it ranks 41 globally.
Ivory Coast is now ranked fifth in Africa and number 42 globally, having also qualified for the World Cup.
Spain is recognized as the world’s finest basketball-playing nation, 758 points ahead of the US, which is ranked second. Australia, Argentina, and France are ranked third, fourth, and fifth on the planet, respectively.