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October 2, 2023

Teams call for 2023 NBBF league postponement

By Femi Atolagbe


Five of the top women basketball teams in Nigeria have called for a shift in the proposed date scheduled for the 2023 Nigeria basketball federation NBBF/Zenith league (Atlantic conference)phase one.

 The Atlantic Conference by Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) was earlier scheduled for the indoor sports hall of the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure, Ondo State.

The appeal was contained in a letter made available to newsmen by the coaches on Sunday in Akure.

Coaches of five out of the eight teams in a letter jointly signed lamented the short notice which was about 48 hours to the arrival of teams for the championship.

The coaches who signed the release included Engineer Tunde Babalola(First Deep Water Team), Akojie Benson (Delta Force Team), Oladele Akiwande (MFM Team),Coach Olawale David ( Team Dolphins ) and Sola Aluko (Sunshine Queens Team).

They  said the sudden change would affect their accommodation arrangement, transportation booking and other logistics for the championship proper.

The coaches appealed to the board of the Nigeria basketball federation to give attention to the plea of the coaches for the overall development of the game of dunk and slam in the country.

“We received with shock the sudden change of venue of the above competition as it concerns the Atlantic Conference from Akure to Port Harcourt through a letter from the NBBF on WhatsApp today, 48 hours arrival date in Akure.

“While we understand that there could be reasons for this, and are not against a change of venue, we however appeal that a two weeks grace be given to allow us get money from our sponsors to go to Port Harcourt.

“It will interest you to know that most of us have paid for hotel and other logistics in Akure way ahead just to avoid the endless increase in the costs of everything in Nigeria,” the letter stated.

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