The newly constituted league board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation had its inaugural meeting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Sunday and agreed among others to shift the dunk-off date of the 2009/ 2010 NBBF/ DSTV Premier League by one week.
According to chairman of the league board, Muktar Khaleh, “our first meeting was very fruitful and it was well attended as all the members turned up except the President of the Coach’s Association, Sani Ahmed who was represented by Coach Adamu Kuta of Niger Potters basketball club of Minna.
“The board unanimously agreed to shift the commencement date of the present season by one week, so the new date now will be May 8, 2010.
“The request was at the instance of the club representatives on the league board and you all know that the club owners are integral part of the Nigeria basketball family.
“We have mandated the person who helps the federation to carry out over sight function in the Lagos office to begin repair of works at the Lagos Sports Hall and we believe the league will start on that day as representative of the sponsor on the league board was also on ground.
“We want to categorically say we are working on the same page with the sponsor, the clubs and every stake-holder and we believe that with the new spirit exhibited by everybody at the Sunday inaugural meeting Nigeria basketball will be the greatest beneficiary.
“The other important agreement reached at the meeting was the cancellation of road trip for this season because of time limitation as we are mindful of our teams who will represent the country at both the FIBA Africa Zone-3 elimination and the FIBA Africa Champions Club competition
“We using this medium to thank the NBBF board especially our president, Tijjani Umar for setting up the league board and we promise not to disappoint in carrying out our duties.
By: Olusegun Ikuesan