Kwese Premier Basketball League champions and one of the winners of Nigeria’s two tickets to the forthcoming 2018 FIBA Africa Champions Club tournament zone 3 qualifiers, Gombe Bulls Basketball Club of Gombe, has vowed to take legal action against both Musa Kida-led faction of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and FIBA-Africa Zone 3 body should they exclude them from partaking in the 2018 FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers.
The club in a letter, dated 29th October, 2018 and signed by its chairman, Ibrahim Sa’ad to the Executive Director, FIBA Africa, Alphonse Bile, said few weeks to the tournament, neither the zone nor the federation has communicated to them on the details for the competition and called on the continental body to intervene and ensure that all concerned took necessary steps to avail the club of invitation letters with details of guidelines on teams participation, registration and other requirement for the Men’s 2018 zonal qualifiers.
“Sequel to the conclusion of the Kwese Premier Basketball League, Nigeria National Men’s Club League on October 8, 2018, Gombe Bulls and Kwara Falcons basketball clubs emerged first and second respectively and by tradition are to represent Nigeria in the FIBA Africa Champions Club tournament zonal qualifiers reportedly scheduled for Cotonou, Benin Republic between 26th November and 3rd December, 2018. We understand that this information has already been officially communicated to you.
“You can recall last season (2017), there was an attempt by the President of FIBA Africa Zone 3 and the Musa Kida-led NBBF faction which FIBA is presently communicating with to replace the champions and runners up, Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls that emerged from the recognised domestic league, Kwese Premier League, through which process continental representatives are determined over the years. Your timely intervention saved the situation from degenerating into a full-blown crisis.
“We therefore want to reaffirm, just like last season that few weeks to the tournament, neither the zone nor the federation have communicated to us on the details for the 2018 Zone 3 qualifiers.
Should last year’s episode repeat itself; which is a clear violation of laid down criteria, it will be unaccepted by us and we will be compelled to protect our qualification through all legal means available to us.
“It is in this regard that the two teams, Gombe Bull and Kwara Falcons, Nigeria’s representatives, are requesting you to intervene again to ensure that all concerned take necessary steps to avail us of invitation letters with details of guidelines on teams’ participation, registration and other requirement for the Men’s 2018 Zonal qualifiers.”
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