MARK Mentors, Civil
Defence, Kano Pillars, Rivers
Hoopers and Gombe Bulls
will represent Nigeria at the
2017 FIBA Africa zone 3 club
championship elimination
series starting on November 11.
This decision was made
by the executive board
of the Nigeria Basketball
Federation on Tuesday
following series of extensive
deliberations with FIBA
Africa and relevant basketball
stakeholders in Nigeria.
Speaking on behalf of
the federation, the NBBF
president, Musa Kida, said the
board decided to accommodate
more clubs in the overall
interest of basketball in
Nigeria as part of their policies
when they came on board.
“In the light of prevailing
circumstances, based on
consultations and advice
from FIBA Zone 3, it became
expedient to give Kano Pillars
and Gombe Bulls another
chance to participate in the
Zone 3 Club Championship in
Lagos 11th – 18th November.”
The NBBF said it also
added Rivers Hoopers of
Port Harcourt for heeding to
the directives given by the
board to stay away from the
unsanctioned competition.
“We could not do this and
leave out Rivers Hoopers
who also heeded the Board’s
directive and did not go to
play in the non-recognized
Final 8 competition in Kano.”
The federation said the
move was made in the best
interest of players who
are innocent of infractions
committed by their clubs
in participating in the
national playoff that was
not sanctioned by the
Kida-led NBBF board.
The board warned that the
latest decision should not
be seen as a weakness and a
license for clubs to go against
the directives of constituted
authority in future.
According to the
federation, the decision was
not taken to be politically
correct, but in the overall
interest of the players.
The competition will hold
between November 11 and 18
at the Indoor Sports Hall of
the National Stadium, Lagos.

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