22nd November, 2010
The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, has concluded plans to begin the 2010/ 2011Â NBBF/DSTV Premier Basketball season next month.
According to the technical committee of the Federation, the choice of the seasonÂ jump-starting in December 2010 was approved by the executive board of the NBBF afterÂ a proposal by the former League Board.
Chairman Technical Committee of the Federation, Muktar Khaleh, Â said the decision toÂ start early was informed by the several international programmes of the federationÂ in 2011 and to allow the league run smoothly without any hitch.
â€œYes the 2010/ 2011 season will start this December and the clubs have beenÂ rightfully informed about the development and we are going ahead with the plan.
â€œThe decision was taken for the best interest of our basketball and that of theÂ sponsor, who are in full support of this season starting early to conform with theÂ rest of the world. You will agree with me that almost all the countries of the worldÂ have commenced their season.
â€œThe country will be participating in at least four international competitions comeÂ 2011: the African Cup of Nations for Men and Women in Cote dâ€™Ivoire and Mali, theseÂ are 2012 Olympic Games qualifiers, the FIBA Under 19 World Championship for WomenÂ and the All Africa Games. So there is need to begin the league in good time,â€ KhalehÂ who doubles as the federationâ€™s first Vice President stated.
Meanwhile, the Federation has concluded arrangement to inaugurate a new league boardÂ as soon as possible to get the league started.
However, Basketball Timeout gathered that the league might not start in December asÂ planned.
The reasons are two of the countryâ€™s top clubs, Kano Pillars Basketball Club andÂ Royal Hoppers Basketball club, willÂ participate in continental championship nextÂ month and some of the clubs are yet to compete their registration for the newÂ season.
The players, according to sources, are on loan to the clubs participating in theÂ continental championship.