Friday, July 1, 2016

Nigeria withdraws from FIBA Africa U-18 b/ball championship

The FIBA Africa Zone 3 U-18 Championship for Boys and Girls scheduled to commence from 2nd – 9th July, 2016 in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, will be held without Nigeria.
This is because the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has withdrawn from the competition.
The competition is the qualifiers for the FIBA Africa U-18 Championship scheduled for Kigali, Rwanda in October, 2016.
The winners and runners-up in Rwanda are to represent Africa at the 2017 World U-19 Championships for men and women.

FIBA Africa Zone 3 was informed of Nigeria’s withdrawal via an email on Monday 27th, June, 2016, 5 days to the commencement of the Championship in Cotonou. No reason was given for the country’s withdrawal.
Confirming this development, FIBA Africa Zone 3 President, Col Sam Ahmedu (Rtd), said: “It is indeed a sad development that Nigeria, which is one of the top countries in the zone is withdrawing at this last minute for a tournament it registered for over four months ago. This will no doubt take some shine off the championship. This development also denies Nigerian youth players the opportunity of competing with their peers at this level. Coming on the heels of the recent visa imbroglio which denied the National U-17 Girls team travelling to Spain for the World Championship, it means that our Nigerian youths will not be participating in any international tournament this year.

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