The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Defenders finally cemented their qualification to the DStv Premier Basketball league with a 67-47 points victory over Zamfara Shooter after three failed attempts to gain promotion from the National Division One championship.

The Defenders who were relegated in controversial circumstances in 2012   led from start to finish courtesy Joel Ijigba 18 points and a combined 17 points from Martins Ozege and EfeJonathan to ensure the team made it 7 wins out of seven.

•BACK TO BASE... Players of the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps, NSDC defenders during a time out of their game. Photo: Oluwafemi Adefeso
•BACK TO BASE… Players of the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps, NSDC defenders during a time out of their game. Photo: Oluwafemi Adefeso

The Defenders will now face off against Hoop and Read in the fight for the champion of the National Division 1 basketball championship on Sunday at the indoor sports all of the National stadium(Package B), Abuja.

Assistant coach of the team Monday Puzo acknowledged the team’s readiness to play in the Premier League.

“We were really hurt by our relegation in 2012 which wasn’t our fault because we didn’t directly forfeit two games that got us relegated”.

“I am delighted we finally got back to the league and this time, we are well equipped to fight with the big boys in the Conference and make the play-offs with the aid of   NSCDC management,” he added.

The NSCDC team will replace another Paramilitary side Nigeria Immigration basketball club in the Savannah who finished bottom in the Savannah conference last season.

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