Nigeria to host FIBA Africa Club elimination

Posted on Sep 28 2017 - 4:26am by admin

Nigeria has been awarded  the hosting rights for the  2017 FIBA Africa Club Championship zonal elimination by FIBA Africa Zone 3.

Nigeria Basketball Federation president  Musa Ahmadu-Kida expressed his delight at the development.

Kida said after the NBBF’s  meeting  in Lagos   the board frowned upon the country’s inability to host any major   competition had  adversely affected the clubs.

“The cost of prosecuting these international competitions by these clubs when they travel out will be at least reduced by 50 per cent,” the basketball chief said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Now, clubs participating in the elimination series will only be worried about internal transportation, accommodation  and payment of allowances for their players.”

Ahmadu-Kida said the move to host the event slated for October 19  and  29 was  part of the federation’s  plans to  make Nigerian basketball stronger.

According to the statement, the federation is  also considering biding for the  hosting rights for the 2017 FIBA Africa Women’s Club Championship slated to hold in November.

Meanwhile,  the NBBF has lifted the  sanctions it  imposed on some clubs, referees, coaches and players over allegations of participating in illegal leagues in the 2015 season.

The statement quoted Ahmadu-Kida as saying after  the board meeting  in Lagos on Tuesday that after its  fact-finding mission and communication with the affected parties, it was established that due process was not followed  before clamping down on them.

The  NBBF also cleared  Lagos Islanders, Dodan Warriors and Union Bank to play  in the league.

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