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Nigeria B/B League: Customs, Kwara Falcons, 6 others confirm National Final 8 ticket

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Customs, Kwara Falcons and other six Basketball teams have booked their tickets to the Nigeria Basketball Federation organised Men’s Premier Basketball League.

Rivers Hoopers confirmed their status as the Atlantic Conference Kings after an eight-game unbeaten streak to confirm their place in the national finals which will serve as qualifiers for the 2021 Basketball African League organised by FIBA.

Kwara Falcons until their last game against Hoopers won 7 matches, losing narrowly to the eventual champions to close out their conference run with a 7-1 run.

Police Batons of Lagos did just enough with five wins and two losses to emerge as one of the Atlantic Conference representatives alongside Lagos Islanders who won 4 games.

In the Savannah Conference, Kano Pillars also started their BAL qualification journey on a high note, closing their conference campaign with a commanding 83-75pts win against Gombe Bulls.

Bulls coached by Mohammed AbdulRahman will also be joining Customs and Benue Braves as they continue their journey to emerge as Nigeria’s continental representatives.

Meanwhile, following a request from clubs, the NBBF has tentatively announced a shift in the commencement date of the National Final 8 slated for Lagos.

“The clubs knowing the importance of the National Final 8 challenge asked for more time to effect the corrections noticed in their teams during the conference phase. Others also said players needed to recover from the rigours of the competition while others said they needed to source for more funds”, NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida revealed.

To this end, a new date for the National Finals earlier slated for 26th, September to 2nd, October will be announced soon.

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NBBF Electoral Committee rolls out Election timeline

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The 2021 Electoral Committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation headed by Dr Lanre Glover will commence the collection of forms for intending candidates between the 18th and 19th of October, 2021.

In a release by the committee ahead of the October 30 election slated for Benin City, Edo State, all duly completed forms must be returned on or before 26th, October with the screening scheduled to hold on 27th of October.

The committee directed that all forms should be submitted to the NBBF Secretariat in Abuja between the hours of 9am to 2pm or via mail addressed to the Chairman and Secretary of the Committee.

Organizing and supervising of the much anticipated elections and all decisions relating it will be in conformity with the 2019 NBBF status.

Eligible candidates will be vying for the vacant posts of President, Vice President and Zonal Representatives into the North-central, North-East, North-West, South-East, South-South, and South-West zones.

In consonance with article 20 of NBBF statutes, each member state (36 states and the FCT) shall be represented by 2 delegates (Chairman and Secretary) while any representative must produce a written advice duly signed by the Chairman on letter-head paper of the association in the absence of the aforementioned.

A final official list of candidates will be published, announced in the media and sent to all members of the General Assembly at least 2 days before the elective General Assembly is held.

All campaigns must cease 24hrs before Election Day while any form of corruption and other forms of direct inducement of voters may lead to the disqualification of the defaulting candidate(s).

The election will be monitored and observed by the Federation of International Basketball Associations representatives and those from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Nigeria Olympics Committee.

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