The Gombe Bulls Basketball Club and Kwara Falcons Basketball Club have dragged the factional Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF Board led by Musa Kida to an Abuja High Court.
They are challenging the body’s plan to organise an ‘abridged’ Premier Basketball League for the purpose of selecting the country’s representatives
in the 2018/2019 Africa Basketball League, the Fiba Africa champion clubs tournament.
In the suit No. FHC/CS/1317/2018 filed on November 6, 2018, the managements of Gombe Basketball Association and Kwara Basketball Associations respectively are seeking an Order of Interlocutory Injunction prohibiting and/or restraining the Musa Kida – led NBBF from conducting any fresh Premier Basketball League for the “purposes of selecting men’s representatives of the 2018/2019 Africa Basketball League pending the determination of the substantive suit”.
They argued that the 2018 Kwese Premier Basketball League which is the recognized avenue for such selection, has been concluded and Gombe Bulls as champions and Kwara Falcons as runners-up both qualified to represent the country at the continental championship.
Both teams argued that they are non-partisan and therefore, should not be dragged into the politics of the sport by either faction of the NBBF, adding that approaching the court showed their commitment to defend their hard-won mandate to play in the continental tournament.
A date for the hearing of the suit is being awaited.