ABUJA (FIBA AfroBasket 2017/FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2017) - Nigeria's senior men's and women's national teams will play international friendly games against top-ranked teams ahead of this year's continental championships, the country's basketball federation's chairman Tijjani Umar announced.
"This is a huge move forward," Umar said. "Everything is being paid for by the host - ticket, accommodation, local transport, all we have to do is present a team."
He went on to detail that Nigeria's recent appearances in world tournaments - the Rio Olympics and FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament - as well as their current placing in the FIBA World Ranking Combined, gave their teams significant exposure.
"Our team played in Rio and they did - people would say not very well - but in my mind, they did well. Because after the tournament, we moved up 9 spots on the FIBA Ranking," Umar explained.