DSTV League Dunks Off Dec


The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, has concluded plans to begin the 2010/ 2011  NBBF/DSTV Premier Basketball season next month.

According to the technical committee of the Federation, the choice of the season  jump-starting in December 2010 was approved by the executive board of the NBBF after  a proposal by the former League Board.

Chairman Technical Committee of the Federation, Muktar Khaleh,  said the decision to  start early was informed by the several international programmes of the federation  in 2011 and to allow the league run smoothly without any hitch.

“Yes the 2010/ 2011 season will start this December and the clubs have been  rightfully informed about the development and we are going ahead with the plan.

“The decision was taken for the best interest of our basketball and that of the  sponsor, who are in full support of this season starting early to conform with the  rest of the world. You will agree with me that almost all the countries of the world  have commenced their season.

“The country will be participating in at least four international competitions come  2011: the African Cup of Nations for Men and Women in Cote d’Ivoire and Mali, these  are 2012 Olympic Games qualifiers, the FIBA Under 19 World Championship for Women  and the All Africa Games. So there is need to begin the league in good time,” Khaleh  who doubles as the federation’s first Vice President stated.

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Meanwhile, the Federation has concluded arrangement to inaugurate a new league board  as soon as possible to get the league started.

However, Basketball Timeout gathered that the league might not start in December as  planned.

The reasons are two of the country’s top clubs, Kano Pillars Basketball Club and  Royal Hoppers Basketball club, will  participate in continental championship next  month and some of the clubs are yet to compete their registration for the new  season.

The players, according to sources, are on loan to the clubs participating in the  continental championship.

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