12 December 2014

Nigeria: Pillars Face Fiba Africa Sanction

Nigeria's basketball league champions, Kano Pillars Basketball Club who are drawn in group A alongside host, Club Africain of Tunisia, Libolo of Angola,
Sporting Club of Egypt, Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea and BCM of Mayotte in the final round of the 29th edition of the Africa Champions Cup for Men may face serious sanctions from the Africa basketball governing body, FIBA Africa if the club fails to make it to Tunisia for the championship which dunks off today.
The Nigerian league champions, who were awarded a wild-card after failing to pick a direct qualification ticket from the FIBA Africa Zone-3 elimination held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in October this year are having difficulties processing the needed funds that will enable them participate in the continent's biggest men's basketball club competition.
Pillars' wild-card came on the heels of their previous participation in the championship with their guard Abubakar Usman currently holding the record as the Champions Cup highest scorer, a feat he achieved in 2013. But all that looked bleak as the former champion of FIBA Africa Zone-3 are yet to get the needed funds to prosecute the basketball fiesta.
A very reliable source from the Kano camp says the team is ready for the championship if funds can be made available for the trip.
Efforts to get reaction from the Kano State Tennis Association Secretary Yusuf Datti proved abortive, as phone calls and a text message sent to him were not answered.

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