The Nigeria Women’s Basketball League sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc has been scheduled to tip off on October 28 in an abridged fashion.
According to a statement from the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), the 2018 League season will be held in an abridged format because of the short window before the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Club Championship Zonal elimination begins in November
With this development, the First Bank Women’s Basketball team of Lagos will begin their Premier League title defence on October 28th when the conference phase of the league starts.
With the recent admission of Mountain of Fire Women’s Basketball Club into the Premier League, 10 teams from the South-west, South-east and South-south will converge on Enugu while nine teams from the Savannah Conference (North-west, North-east and North-central) will battle for supremacy in Abuja between 28th of October and 2nd of November, 2018
Three teams each will qualify from Abuja and Enugu centres to make up the six that will compete in the finals in Lagos between November 3rd and 7th.
Winner and 1st runners up will represent Nigeria at the FIBA Zone 3 Women Champions qualifiers in Cotonou between November 12th and 15th.
The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, expressed delight that the women’s basketball season was back on track.
“We are committed to sports in various ways but the women’s basketball has been one major area we have invested in over the years.
“Zenith Bank is proud that Nigerian basketball especially the women’s game has developed greatly as we all saw during the last World Cup,” Amangbo said
NBBF President, Musa Kida, showered praises on players and club owners for their understanding and patience during the impasse regarding the 2018 basketball season.
“We are happy that everything is fine with all stakeholders and we are making progress with the understanding of our sponsors,” Kida said.