Five Nigerian basketball clubs – Mark Mentors, Civil Defence, Kano Pillars, Rivers Hoopers and Gombe Bulls – will represent the country at this year’s FIBA Africa Zone 3 Club Championship elimination series.
Ahead of the competition, which starts in Lagos this Saturday, November 11, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) president, Ahmed Musa-Kida said they took the decision after meeting with FIBA Africa and stakeholders.
The NBBF said it decided to add Rivers Hoopers of Port Harcourt for heeding to the directives given by the board to stay away from an unsanctioned competition.
The federation said the move was made in the best interest of players who are innocent of infractions committed by their clubs by participating in an event that was not sanctioned by the board.
Kida said the board decided to accommodate more clubs in the interestof the development of the game in the country.
Kida said: “In the light of prevailing circumstances, based on consultations and advice from FIBA Africa Zone 3, it became expedient to give Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls another chance to participate in the Zone 3 Club Championship in Lagos from November 11 to 18.”