Defending Nigerian Premier Basketball League Champions Kano Pillars has began the new season on a winning note by beating Bauchi Nets 68-48. Pillars won the tie in comprehensive fashion away from home to tip off its challenge for the new campaign.
The game was the first in the Savannah Conference of the league now known as Kwese Premier Basketball League following the Nigerian Basketball Federation’s $12 million five year deal with the TV network.
However, Pillars won the tie without Ivorian Center and 2015 Ghana Basketball Awards Tertiary Player of the Year winner Romeo Wilfred Enan whose name was not registered for the season.
Enan completed his debut season in Nigeria with Kwara Falcons but was drafted to Pillars for the side’s Africa Club campaign which ended in a fourth position. Falcons won its first game of the season with a 63-50 win over Nigeria Customs.
His place in the league has come under the spotlight as Falcons began the season without registering him leading to rife speculations he will join Pillars on a permanent basis which has not materialized since.
Romeo played in Ghana’s Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men’s Division I prior to his move to Nigeria.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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