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BASKETBALL: NOVEMBER 12 DATE FOR NIGERIA PRESIDENT CUP NATIONAL

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The Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos will again come alive when teams converge on it for the 2019 President Cup National Final 8 holding from November 12th to 17th.

In a memo sent to the teams, the 8 teams which qualified from the first round phase played in Ilorin will battle for the sole slot to represent Nigeria in the group stage of the newly introduced NBA-FIBA Basketball League.

In Group A, Rivers Hoopers coached by Ogoh Odaudu is grouped alongside Lagos Islanders, Nigeria Army Rockets and Benue Braves.

Group B will see Kwara Falcons battle Niger Potters, Defenders of Abuja and Raptors of Lagos battle for supremacy.

According to the competition’s format, all teams will qualify for the quarterfinals with teams paired according to their final group stage standing.

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Hoopers of Port Harcourt and Defenders qualified and represented Nigeria at the now rested FIBA Men Club Championship in 2018.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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