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NBBF Charges Pillars, Hoopers Ahead Of Continental Tourney

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Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, has charged the two country’s representatives,  Kano Pillars Basketball Club and Royal Hoopers Basketball Club to double their  efforts in their final preparations towards the continent’s biggest club  championship.

With less than three weeks to the first jump-ball of the final round of the 2010  FIBA-Africa Champions Club for men holding in  Benin Republic, the federation  advised the clubs not to leave any stone unturned towards presenting teams that will  make the country proud.

Pillars and Hoopers won the tickets play in the final round of the Champions Cup  after finishing first and second in the FIBA-Africa Zone-3 qualifying round held in  Monrovia, Liberia a few weeks back.

The two Nigeria’s DSTV Premier League Champion and runners-up are in the race for  the continent flagship club championship with Pillars going in as the continent  fifth best team, while Royal Hoopers is a debutante.

Royal Hoopers Basketball club who started two weeks close camping in Kaduna State  last week are determined and working hard to present a team that make their state  and country proud in its first continental outing in the final round of the Africa  Champions Cup after finishing second in the Zone-3 Elimination.

Team Manager of the less than three years old club, Ifie Ozaka, told Basketball  Timeout that the club is determined to continue its good performance after  qualifying from the FIBA-Africa Zone-3 alongside counterpart, Pillars in Liberia.

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Ozaka said he is optimistic that the club will make Rivers State, Nigeria and  FIBA-Africa Zone-3 proud in the Benin Republic show-down, which has Despotivo de  Agosto as the defending champion.

“We are going to Benin Republic  with the aim of being  counted among the top  contenders for the trophy. Our experience from the FIBA-Africa Zone-3 qualifiers has  enriched us to a large extent and we are determined to take our rightful place in  Africa basketball,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the head coach of Pillars, Sani Ahmed,  said the team is targeting a good  finishing in this year’s final round after finishing fifth in its last two outings  in 2008 (Tunisia) and 2009 (Rwanda).

“Our goal is to perform better than before. The players are aware of this enormous  task, So they have a responsibility to carry out the technical bench’s instruction  to achieve that,” said Ahmed, who is a member of the senior National Team Technical  crew.

Ahmed said they are back to training after the Sallah break   and everybody in the  team is working hard, because we all know what is at stake when hostility begins  next month.

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