Ike Diogu in action for Nigeria against Senegal at 2017 Afrobasket Championship. Photo Credit: www.fiba.basketball

Nigeria will for the first time in ten years host an international Basketball competition after winning the hosting bid for the 2017 FIBA Africa Club Championship zonal elimination finals.

The hosting right of the event which was hosted by Togo in 2016, was awarded to the Nigeria Basketball Federation by FIBA Africa Zone 3 after it met all the criteria for a prospective host.

The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engineer Musa Kida said having been out of international circulation for the past decade, it was high time Nigeria claimed her place in Africa as the true giant that she is.

Arising from its board meeting which was held in Lagos on Monday, the board unanimously agreed that the absence of any meaningful international competition in Nigeria has 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%. Now clubs participating in the elimination series will only be worried about internal transportation, accommodation and payment of allowances for their players”, Kida said.

He also stated that the move to host the event slated for October 19th to 29th is part of the board’s plans to rewrite the story of Nigerian Basketball as a force to reckon with in Africa.

Meanwhile, the federation is considering bidding for the 2017 FIBA Africa Women’s Club Championship slated to hold in November.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She has a bias for athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the National Sports Festival and the African Athletics Championships, and has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). Yemi holds a BA in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University .

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