TEAM CANADA TO OPEN THE ROAD TO THE WORLD CUP AGAINST NIGERIA IN TORONTO
TORONTO, ON (July 8, 2019) – Canada Basketball announced Monday that the Senior Men’s National Team will face Nigeria at Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET, to open the road to the World Cup.
This game will be an important matchup for both teams as they prepare for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China (August 31-September 5, 2019).
Presale tickets are available now with general public on-sale beginning on Thursday, July 11, at 11 a.m. ET. Toronto tickets start as low as $35.00 plus fees and are available at mattamyathleticcentre.ca
Canada’s roster will feature some of the country’s biggest and brightest stars, including athletes playing professionally in the NBA and several of the top professional leagues overseas.
This game will be the first of a two-game series against Nigeria with the second game being played at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Friday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Tickets start as low as $19.95 plus fees and are available at ticketmaster.ca.
Canada is heading back to the World Cup for the first time since the 2010 FIBA World Championship after finishing the FIBA Basketball World Cup Americas Qualifiers with a 10-2 record to lead Group F. One of the fastest rising basketball nations in the world, Canada’s depth was on display during the Americas Qualifiers as 36 different players represented their country over the course of the six competition windows to qualify for the World Cup.
Nigeria qualified for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 after similarly finishing first in Group F with 10-2 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup African Qualifiers. D'Tigers will be making their third appearance at the World Cup and first since the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Nigeria has appeared in each of the past two Olympic Games and won the country’s first gold medal at AfroBasket 2015.
Canada last faced Nigeria in preliminary round play at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Following the Canadian exhibition games, Team Canada will travel to Australia for a five-game exhibition series against Australia (August 16-17), New Zealand (August 20-21) and the United States of America (August 26). Tickets for these games are on sale now from Ticketek.
Last month, Canada Basketball announced Nick Nurse as Head Coach of Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China (August 31-September 15, 2019) will be the biggest edition of FIBA's flagship event with a record 32 participating teams playing 92 games over 16 days.
Canada is in Group H along with Senegal, Lithuania and Australia for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
For the first time, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will qualify seven teams directly for the following year's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Canada must finish either first or second in the Americas zone to earn a direct berth.
For additional information on the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, visit http://www.fiba.basketball/basketballworldcup/2019