Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, lost their first group C game 71-60 to Belarus at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament taking place in France.
Both teams were tied 14-14 in the first quarter, but Belarus edged the second and third quarters 24-18 and 20-13 respectively, while D’Tigress took the fourth quarter 13-15.
D’Tigress which won the bronze at the 2015 AfroBasket Women championship in Cameroon, will know its fate today as it confronts South Korea in a must-win encounter.
Nigeria needs to come out of group C if it is to advance to the final phase where a quarter-finals win or triumph in the fifth-place game will earn her a place at Rio 2016.
Africa’s other representatives Cameroon also suffered opening day loss after going down 75-64 to Argentina.
Twelve teams from five federations are taking part in the qualifiers, with the top five teams earning places in the 2016 Olympics basketball tournament.
The 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament which began on Monday will end on Sunday.