6th December, 2010
Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, has postponed the commencement date of theÂ NBBF/DSTV Premier League from this month to the first week of January, 2011.
The postponement became imperative as two of the countryâ€™s top clubs will beÂ involved in continental championships from 9-19 of this month.
Basketball Timeout had earlier revealed that the league may not dunk off asÂ scheduled when the NBBF said the league would dunk off this month because of tightÂ schedule in 2011.
According to Segun Ikuesan, Media Officer of NBBF, the dates of the continentalÂ engagements clash with the proposed kick-off date of the DSTV League.
The league was also postponed because Kano Pillars Basketball Club of Kano, theÂ league defending champions, and runners up, Royal Hoopers Basketball Club of PortÂ Harcourt will partcipate in the 2010 FIBA-Africa Champions Cup for Men in Cotonou,Â Benin Republic.
He stated that the league will retain its 16-team format with eight clubs eachÂ competing in the Atlantic and Savannah conferences, revealing that the NBBF hasÂ consequently extended the deadline of submission of registration for the season toÂ 22 December.
However, Chariot Basketball Club and Nigeria Immigration Basketball Club will beÂ playing in the Premier League this season after gaining promotion to the eliteÂ division, while the Nigeria Customs Basketball Club and AHIP Giants Basketball ClubÂ were relegated at the end of the 2009/2010 season.
Meanwhile, Pillars and Hoopers, who finished first and second to pick the twoÂ tickets available for the FIBA-Africa Zone 1 in the recently concluded FIBA-AfricaÂ zone 1 qualifiers, will jet out of the country on Wednesday ahead of the clubÂ championships dunking off ths Friday, 10 December.