FIBBA Afrique 2010 zone III men club championship tournament kicks off today at the Samuel Kanyan Doe (SKD) Sports Complex, indoor Basketball gymnasium in Paynesville.
At least six of the sixteen anticipated participants are already in the country to display international basketball tactics at this prestigious sub-regional fiesta.
Already in the country are, Kanu Pillars and Hoopers of Nigeria, ABC of Ivory Coast, Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) 2010 champion, Uhuru Kings and Runner up NPA Deadly Pythons. Officials and players of Togolese Swallow are expected to touch down the Liberian soil this afternoon.
At the weekend, three match officials including two neutral referees form Mali and Guinea and a fifty man Nigerian delegation arrived in the country for the competition. As a tradition, LBF 2010 Champion, Uhuru King is said to be set to host the International basketball jamboree which is scheduled for 1 – 5 November 2010. All matches will be played at night.
Meanwhile, a group of basketball stakeholders under the banner, friends of Solomon George has rubbished LBF Vice President, T. Rufus Anderson statement that Solomon George is still suspended by the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) Arbitration Committee.
Speaking to this paper during a mass meeting held in Monrovia at the weekend, the group spokesperson, Moses Carter said Anderson’s pronouncement is the biggest joke of the year. LNOC Arbitration Committee on 30th August ruled a one year suspension for Solomon George and the LBF and all its Executives for bridging some moral and universal basketball norms.
Following several appeals from the suspended parties, the Arbitration Committee of LNOC on October 5th 2010 lifted the suspension of Solomon George with immediately effect and that of LBF and all its Executives affected.
Although Solomon George suspension was lifted on October 5th 2010, LBF Vice President, T. Rufus Anderson is quoted as saying, “As far as I am concern, Mr. Solomon George is still suspended and is not allow to part take of any official matter relating to the Federation.”
But the group denounced his assertion, describing it as a complete lie, noting Anderson has no power to suspend or announce anyone’s suspension. T. Rufus Anderson could not be reach for comment, as his mobile phone rang endlessly without any response, while officials at the LNOC and LBF refused to comment on the matter, expressing that they do not want to give credence to nonsense. The Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) election is expected to be held on 27th November 2010.