Nigeria’s women basketball team, D’Tigress have been ranked the 16th best team in the world and first in Africa in the new ranking system released by FIBA on Friday, reports Completesports.com.
D’Tigress emerged winners at the 2019 AfroBasketball Women’s Championship in Senegal , edging out the hosts in the final.
The Nigerian ladies are the only African team in the top 20.
The Afrobasket champions would hope to grab one of the two Olympic slots at the Africa Pre-Qualifying Tournament for @Tokyo2020 taking place in Mozambique from November 14-17.
World champions and Olympic gold medalists the USA maintained their top-ranked spot with 835.6 points, Australia second place with 714.1 points, Spain third with 692.7 points, Canada fourth with 641.9 points and France a close fifth with 639.3 points.
FIBA announced on their website that with the new women’s competition system starting this month with the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Africa, the Americas and Asia, it has launched the new system for the FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike.
Moving from a competition-based system to a game-based one, the new ranking is based on results of games ranging from regional pre-qualifiers all the way to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup Final, including the Olympics as well as FIBA Continental Cups. The previous ranking was purely competition-based and only considered the final standings of tournaments.
By Adeboye Amosu