In a significant announcement heralding the commencement of competitive basketball in West Africa, the West African Basketball Classic (WABC) has been introduced by an independent consortium representing Nigeria, Benin Republic, Ghana, and Togo.

The President of WABC, Olumide Oyedeji, disclosed this during a press conference on Thursday, emphasizing the commitment to advancing club basketball in the region under the FIBA Africa Zone 3 umbrella.

Oyedeji unveiled the selection of six teams to participate in this pioneering initiative, officially forming the WABC. The participating clubs include Gidi Giants and Kwara Falcons from Nigeria, ASPAC and ELAN Coton from Benin Republic, Customs from Ghana, and Swallows from Togo.

The inaugural phase is scheduled to take place in Togo from February 24 to March 2, followed by the second phase in Benin Republic in April. The highly anticipated Final Four is set for June 8 to June 12 in Ghana, leading to the grand finale in Abuja.

The competition format will include round-robin games during the group stages, enhancing the excitement and competitiveness among the participating teams.

A championship trophy and medals await the top-performing team, first runner-up, and second runner-up, with the winning team earning a playing tour of China sponsored by PEAK

Quest : Emmanuel kelvin

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