Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club of Port Harcourt have started preparations for the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Qualifiers taking place between December 3-8 in Cotonou.
Following their win against Police Baton in the NBBF abridged league held in Port Harcourt last week, the KingsMen will now turn their attention to Continental engagements.
Hoopers last participated on the Continent in 2011 as League champions in Morocco.
Rivers Hoopers head coach, Ogoh Odaudu who led the team to two straight Continental outings says it feels great returning to the Continent.
“It is always a great feeling going to play on the continent not just because you are going to travel out but because you are going to meet teams who are from different countries and who play against teams who have different style of play.
“It’s a great experience and we are actually looking forward to it. We are going to put in a lot of hard work and put up a good performance when we get there.”
Nigeria’s representatives, Hoopers and Civil Defenders are expected to face opposition from Clubs in Zone 3 which comprises of 8 National Federations from Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Liberia, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo.
Only two teams will qualify for the new Afro League competition designed by FIBA Africa scheduled to commence in January 2019.