BASKETBALL: Rivers Hoopers Risk Ban From International Basketball Activities, Contemplates Withdrawal From FIBA Africa Basketball League

Rivers Hoopers have decided to withdraw from the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) Africa Basketball League due to financial constraints.

With just a few days to their first game, the team are still marooned in Port Harcourt with barely any funds to travel to Morocco for their fixtures in the FIBA Africa Basketball League.

General Manager of the club Ifie Ozaka said the club is considering sending a letter to FIBA to notify them of Hoopers’ intention to pull out of the competition.

Ozaka however, implored club’s sponsors the Rivers State Government led by Governor Nyesom Wike to see to the team’s plight.

A potential withdrawal of Rivers Hoopers from the ongoing FIBA Africa Basketball League will likely lead to a ban from subsequent FIBA Africa Club competitions in addition to a substantial fine for failing to participate.

Rivers Hoopers are scheduled to play against hosts, AS Sale of Morocco on Friday March 1, 2019.