Nigeria will seek to earn a second straight AfroBasket title ©FIBA

Nigeria will seek to defend their men's AfroBasket title when competition gets underway tomorrow in Tunisia and Senegal.

It is the first time in AfroBasket's 55-year history that the event has been staged by more than one country.

Tunisia and Senegal stepped in to stage the tournament following the withdrawal of Angola, after they were unable to host due to a clash with the country's general elections.

Angola had itself been named in April as a replacement host for the Republic of Congo, which withdrew because of "logistical reasons".

Nigeria, who won the continental event for the first time in 2015, will feature in Group A of the tournament.

They will meet the Ivory Coast in their opening match tomorrow, before facing games against the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali.

Record winners Angola, who have won 11 of the last 14 editions of the event, headline Group B.

They will play the Central African Republic, Morocco and Uganda.

Co-hosts Tunisia will take on Cameroon, Guinea and Rwanda in Group C, while Senegal will hope to impress in front of their home fans in Group D when they take on Egypt, Mozambique and South Africa.

Tunisia will seek to claim victory in front of a home crowd ©FIBA
Tunisia will seek to claim victory in front of a home crowd ©FIBA

Matches in Group A and C will take place at the Marius Ndiaye Stadium in Senegal's capital Dakar.

Tunisian city Radès will host Group B and D at the Salle Omnisport de Radès.

The two top teams in each group will advance to the quarter-final stage of the competition, with the knock-out phase commencing in Radès on September 14.

Semi-final ties will take place the following day, with the final being held on September 16.

It will be the second consecutive time the final will be held in Radès, with Nigeria beating Angola 74-65 in the closing match of the 2015 event.