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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