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FIBA Zone 3 Club Championship Elimination Postponed As First Bank Secure Automatic Ticket

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FIBA Africa Zone 3 has announced the postponement of its zonal elimination championship to be hosted in Nigeria from 11th – 18th, November, 2017.

This is contained in a letter signed by its President, Colonel Samuel Ahmedu (rtd) and addressed to FIBA Africa, the Nigeria Basketball Federation and 7 other countries under the zone.

Ahmedu said the competition which should have dunked off on the 20th of October at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos was postponed due to administrative reasons despite the readiness of the host federation.

FIBA zone 3 explained that the postponement became necessary because only 1 women’s team – First Bank of Nigeria and 4 Men’s teams (2 each from Nigeria and Benin) have confirmed their registration at the expiration of the registration deadline of 16th October, 2017.

“Due to some other administrative issues, the date for the qualifiers for Men has been shifted to 11th – 18th November, 2017 at the same venue in Lagos.”

Interested Countries under the zone are encouraged to register their clubs in the men’s category of the tournament which will now hold in November. “First Bank Basketball club of Nigeria has gotten automatic qualification to play in the Final Round for Women in Angola starting on the 3rd of November being the only club that registered in the zone.”

FIBA Africa Zone 3 promised to update member countries on the latest information through emails and phone calls as events unfold. However, the postponement does not in any way affect the FIBA International Statistics Certification Course slated for the 22nd and 23rd October, 2017 at the National Stadium, Lagos to be conducted by FIBA International Statistics instructor, Mr. Arnaud Sevaux.

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