The 2016 edition of the Nigeria National Basketball Divisions 1 and 2 which would draw the curtain on the activities of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for the out-going year would begin today at the Indoor Sports Hall, Package ‘B’ of the National Stadium, Abuja.
The Division I Championship, the second tier of club basketball in the country, would feature 18 clubs with both Athletic and Savanna Conferences, producing nine clubs in the end.
18 clubs would be slugging it out for a place in the Nigeria Basketball Premier League, with the top team in each of the two conferences (Athletic and Savanna) automatically gaining promotion to the premier league.
In the Division 2 category, 14 clubs would seek promotion to the National Division 1.
President of the NBBF, Tijjani Umar who was briefing newsmen yesterday ahead of the championships said all the participating clubs were on ground and set for the contest.
“As a federation, we will continue to open ways for talent-discovery and will be happy that many clubs are coming up to participate in the national divisions 1 and 2.
“We have talents everywhere; that is why we are giving opportunity to the Anambra team to participate in the division 1 in the athletics’ conference, so as to encourage others like Imo, Abia and other states in the South East to support their clubs to participate in the National League.
“Also, from the Savanna Conference, Yobe Desert Warriors have been consistent and they are here this year again to part in the league. We are happy to have them round,” Umar disclosed.
Last season, FCT Rocks and Delta Force gained promotion from Division I, having emerged champions of their respective conferences in the National Division I championship, while the Zamfara Shooters gained promotion to Division I this season by emerging champions of the Division II championship from nowhere.