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FIBA Ban Three Nigerian Basketball Refs

Three Nigerian basketball referees have been hit with worldwide bans by the global body for the slam-dunk sport, less than a month after Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) suspended them for officiating in the illegal Africa Basketball League (ABL) which began in Lagos on March 5. The trio, Olusgun Adekambi, Afeez Olayiwola Alimi and Samuel Abiodun Shofoluwe were handed the worldwide ...

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Hoopers’ Ex-captain Joins Management

Former captain of Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club of Port Harcourt, Ikashi Ochoma has drawn curtains on his playing career and is now a member of the team’s management. Ochoma, who led Hoopers in back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, will now perform the role of the team’s secretary for the former champions in the new DStv Nigerian Men’s Basketball ...

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Esther Eyes Zenith League Conquest

-Following Opening Day Victory First Bank Basketball Point Guard, Atosu Upe Esther has revealed that the target of her side in the 2016 Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League is to lift the trophy. She is happy that they started the league on a platter of gold by winning the first two games of the phase one of the season, which ...

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FIBA Africa Opposes ABL

FIBA Africa has come out with a stern indication that it will not grant approval to a project undertaken by the controversial African Basketball League (ABL). Earlier this month, the organisation began setting up a so-called professional competition that would have consisted of six teams from Cote d’Ivoire (1), Gabon (1), Nigeria (3) and Senegal (1). FIBA Africa held meetings ...

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ABL, NBBF Meet Over Tussle

-As Suspended Clubs Seek League Participation Efforts have been set in motion by officials of African Basketball League (ABL) to resolve their gridlock with Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF). Officials of three clubs in the Atlantic Conference – Dodan Warriors, Union Bank and Lagos Island – who have been from this year’s DStv Basketball League are making pleas for their reinstatement. ...

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Olaosebikan Parries First Bank Threat

-Ahead Of Zenith Bank League Dunk-off -Phase 1 Commences March 18 In Abuja Dolphins Basketball Club captain, Tokunbo Olaosebikan has insisted that six-time champions, First Bank BC of Lagos are not threats to them to defend the title as they set to travel to Abuja for the first phase of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League. The captain who has ...

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DSTV League Starts On Saturday

Following the elimination of Union Bank, Dodan Warriors and Lagos Islanders from the DSTV Basketball League, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has moved the DSTV men’s Premier Basketball League forward by a week. The opening ceremony and the jump ball will now hold at the sports hall of the National Stadium in Abuja on Saturday. Also, the sponsors, DSTV and ...

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Iguodala Out With Sprained Ankle

Golden State Warriors sixth man Andre Iguodala will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left ankle. Iguodala was injured during the team’s victory over Portland on Friday. An MRI showed no broken bones, and the veteran forward will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The reigning NBA Finals MVP, Iguodala is averaging 7.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, ...

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Knee Injury Stops Okafor’s Season

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury that requires surgery, his team said. A statement said Okafor, 20, will be sidelined for up to six weeks – meaning his season is over with the Sixers long since eliminated from playoff contention with only eight wins in 64 matches. “Jahlil recently ...

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Adelanwa Slams NBBF’s Strategies

-Raises Dust Over D’Tigress Preparation -Rates Team Low For Olympic Qualifiers By Abdulfatai Sobande, Abeokuta Former national basketball team handler, Alabi Adelanwa has taken a swipe at the level of preparation by Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for the country’s female squad, D’Tigress, who he believes are not ready for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification tournament slated to hold from ...

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