Pillars, Hoopers Miss It In Cotonou

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Nigeria’s champions, Kano Pillars and their runners-up in the league, Royal Hoopers, failed again to have the country’s name written in gold in the club basketball as both sides failed to reach the semi finals of  the just concluded 25th FIBA-Africa Champions Cup for Men, held in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

While Hoopers, who were playing in the continental championship for the first time finished in the 9th position, Pillars ended in the fifth position.

The Sani Ahmed-tutored side, who did not lose any match at the group stage on their way to the quarter finals lost to Condor Basketball Club of Cameroon in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, a delegation comprising the President of FIBA-Africa, Mabusa Eséka Dieudonne; Secretary-General, Dr Alphonse Bile; the President of the competitions committee, M Conde Founde Amara and President of the Federation of Beninese Basketball and a member FIBA-Africa, Ms. Celestine Adjanohoun, paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Sports in Benin Republic, Modeste Kerekou to express their gratitude to the  French speaking country for hosting the championship.

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According to Dr. Bile, the Africa Champions Cup for Men was well organised.

Kerekou said it was an honor for Benin to host the event, which brought together the cream of African basketball greats, adding that despite organisational difficulties at the beginning, the tourney ended well.

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