A Member of the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), Agboola Pinheiro, has said that the body is optimistic that the nation will secure a wild card for Spain 2014 Basketball World Cup.
Nigeria and 14 other member-countries of the International Basketball Association (FIBA) are seeking for the four available wild cards.
NAN reports that FIBA will reveal which countries will receive the four wild cards at its central board meeting holding between February 1 and February 2 in Barcelona, Spain. Pinheiro told NAN in Lagos yesterday that Nigeria would secure a ticket to participate in the World Cup which would commence on Aug. 30.
"We will be in Barcelona, Spain for the World Cup because we have all that is required to be in the competition.
"This is because FIBA's rules clearly states that only three national teams from one FIBA zone can receive the wild card. "And Nigeria being the only country from the African zone puts us in a comfortable position," he said. According to Pinheiro, Nigeria's participation at the last Summer 2012 Olympics in London and its participation in 2013 Afrobasket Championship in Cote d'Ivoire also give it the chance.
NAN reports that the other teams seeking FIBA wild cards include Brazil (South America), Canada (North America) and Venezuela (Latin America). The Asian countries include China and Qatar, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia and Turkey are from Europe.