Two top Nigeria club sides that qualified to represent Nigeria in the forthcoming 2017 FIBA Africa Zone 3 Qualifiers have threatened to take legal action against the Musa Kida led faction of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, over its planned move to rob them of the tickets.
The clubs in separate letters to the Executive Director, FIBA Africa, noted with dismay that the Kida led faction of the NBBF in connivance with the President of FIBA Africa Zone 3, Sam Ahmedu were trying to replace the two teams with their favoured team who failed to participate in the final round of the Kwese Premier league.
The clubs in the letter copied to the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Sport, said it was high time the continental body waded into the crisis for the good of the game in the country.
The letters signed by Ibrahim Sa’ad, Chairman of Gombe Bulls and Bashir Bello, Secretary of Kano Pillars, noted in their petitions that it was unfortunate that Kida and his group were doing everything within their reach to jeopardise the future prospect of the players who merited their qualifications.
The clubs said their position was necessitated by the fact that they have been kept in the dark on their participation in the Zone 3 qualifiers billed to hold in Nigeria from 19 – 29 October, 2017.
“As you might been aware by now, Kano Pillars Basketball Club has successfully defended its title by winning this year’s Kwese Premier League in Kano on 9th September, 2017.This by tradition and standard has qualified our team to represent Nigeria in FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers.
“Few weeks to the championship, we remain worried that to date, neither the Zone nor the Federation has informed us of the details.
“More disturbing and surprising to us is the story going round that the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) is considering nominating teams outside the two finalists to participate in the zonal qualifiers. This, if confirmed, we find unacceptable and clear violation of the laid down criteria of participation in your programmes.
“It is our considered opinion that the earlier your esteemed organization put a stop to this charade, the better. We believe that bringing the ongoing leadership crisis into the game will jeopardise the future prospect of players who have no business in the faceoff,” Bashir Bello stated in Kano Pillars’ letter to the continental body.
Gombe on it’s part, stated “ Gombe Bulls Basketball Club’s Management want to draw your attention that up till this moment none of the two qualifiers are officially informed about the zonal elimination, scheduled for 19-29 October 2017 in Nigeria.
“We find this a deliberate attempt by Sam Ahmedu, the President Zone 3, to rope our hard earned achievements into the protracted NBBF crisis which is under adjudication by FIBA World.
“It is therefore pertinent to inform you that we would not accept this flagrant manoeuvres being orchestrated by their faction and we will definitely take all necessary actions including legal litigations to secure and protect our mandate,” Ibrahim Said noted.