Mark Mentors and Civil Defenders basketball clubs may replace Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls at the 2017 FIBA Africa Club championship.

Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls may lose their places after petitioning the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) to the Africa body Secretary General, Alphonse Bille and the Nigeria national assembly over a query issued them.

The NBBF had queried the two clubs for disobeying an order not to participate in the Conference 6 and National Final 8 organised by a parallel board.

“We have taken cognizance of the views by all parties to the discourse which has included phone calls, messages and advice from a large section of stakeholders at home and in the Diaspora. Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls stand a very good chance of being picked as Nigeria’s continental representative, but the decision will be dependent on whether they reply our query or not” President of NBBF Musa Kida said in statement forwarded to Bounce Sports on Wednesday.

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“In my last communiqué I reiterated the fact that whatever decision is taken by the NBBF will take into consideration the best interest of Nigerian players, ensuring justice and fair play with the aim of moving Nigerian basketball forward."

Meanwhile, the NBBF is expected to come up with sanctions on clubs after a final evaluation of the official responses to the queries sent to teams that defied the federation’s directives.

The NBBF also commended Mark Mentors and Defenders Basketball Club both of Abuja for obeying the directives of the NBBF.

“Rivers Hoopers attended the Final 6 but did not attend the Final 8 for which it had qualified. All the Clubs were asked to explain why they violated the NBBF's directive not to participate, but only one Club (Rivers Hoopers) wrote to explain its position."

The federation chided Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls for petitioning FIBA Africa without following the established protocol of passing through its National Federation and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC).

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