For those wondering what comes next after the 2018 World Cup heroics of D’Tigress, the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engineer Musa Kida has assured that attention will now be shifted to the grassroots and various domestic leagues being organised by the federation.

Kida while speaking with NBBF media says to ensure the sustainability of the achievements which are being recorded on the international scene, special attention must be given to grassroots development.

D'Tigress in historic victory over Greece in the Quarter-Final Qualifications of the FIBA Women's World Cup in Spain PHOTO CREDIT: FIBA
Nigeria’s team of the moment, D’Tigress

In this light, the NBBF has announced plans to conclude the Total NBBF National Division 2 league which is at the National final stage as well as organize the men and women’s premier leagues:

“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a step. We have taken more than 20 steps in this journey. We have almost concluded the Total NBBF National Division 2 league with about 80 teams participating at the zonal level of the Division 2.”

The NBBF helmsman states that the conclusion of the Total NBBF National Division 2 league in the next two or three weeks will give birth to the Division 1 league which will likely be abridged.

2018 FIBA Africa Club Championship appearance targeted, NBBF reveals

Furthermore, Kida assures that the federation will definitely produce continental representatives for the 2018 FIBA Africa Club Championship for men and women.

“We will also not forget the women. Their own league will hopefully happen this month (October) or very early in November where the representatives of Nigeria will emerge for the 2018 FIBA Africa Club Championship.

Action from last year's FIBA Africa Champions Cup | FIBA Media
Action from last year’s FIBA Africa Champions Cup | FIBA Media

“The same thing will apply to the Premier League which will be an abridged one and we shall have a champion that will represent Nigeria in the African Club championship”, Kida assures.

Commencement dates for all the league programmes will be announced in the coming days.


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