BAMAKO (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers) - As February's FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers action ended on Sunday in Maputo and Bamako, Nigeria lived up to expectations, emerging as the third undefeated team.
Over the course of three days, the former African champions cruised past Uganda, Rwanda, and Mali in Bamako by an average of 33-point wins margin.
Meanwhile in Group D played in the Mozambican capital of Maputo, Senegal beat the hosts 60-52 while the Central African Republic denied Cote d'Ivoire 63-62 in overtime.
Senegal and Mozambique share the lead of the group a 2-1 record each while CAF and Cote d'Ivoire closed the group's first-leg with a 1-2 record apiece.
The third window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers returns in late June, early July for the second-leg of Groups A (Tunisia), B (yet to be confirmed), C (Egypt) and D (Senegal).
At stake in the African Qualifiers are five tickets on offer for the continent's countries to reach the first-ever 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup taking place in China from August 30-September 15, 2019.