Lack of funds delaying 2019 National Basketball League season

Lack of funds delaying 2019 National Basketball League season

Board member of the Nigeria Basketball Federations Afolabi Oni says the general elections and issues of finance are the reasons the 2019 Basketball season is yet to start.


Afolabi who also doubled as the media manager of the NBBF, however, revealed that efforts were underway to get the basketball season underway very soon.


“The peculiarity of this year being an election year is one of the major reasons the national basketball leagues have not started.


“Another reason why we haven’t been able to kick-start the 2019 season is finance.


“The first event we hold annually is the stakeholders’ meeting, where we bring everybody together from the Savanna and the Atlantic Conferences to deliberate ahead of the new season.


“Hopefully, that will now happen sometime in early April,”


Oni added the federation is working to the maximum capacity to ensure that the leagues’ for this season take off very soon.


“We are hoping that the women’s league will commence later in April.


“As for the men’s premier league, we are putting into consideration the two Nigerian clubs at the African Basketball Championship.


“One has been eliminated though, but we are looking at how successfully the second club will perform. By and large, the Premier League should commence around the same time,’’


“The leagues are expected to run between April and August,” he said.

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