Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls will on Saturday depart the country for the 2017 FIBA Africa Champions Cup in Tunisia.
The Zone 3 representatives will depart Mallam Aminu Kano International airport at 3:45pm for the 12-team tournament dunkingoff on Monday.
Speaking to ACLSports before their departure, Kano Pillars captain Matthew Onmonya said his team are high on confidence to return with a podium finish which they narrowly missed out on last year in Egypt.
“We are confident and well motivated for the task ahead of us. Our preparation for the qualifiers wasnt the best but I can tell you we are well prepared for the tournament in Tunisia.
“Two professionals from America are expected to join us and I am sure they will be a plus to the team and we all will do better than our last outing in 2016,” he revealed.
“Kano State Governor is one who rewards hardwork and we want to improve on our last record if we must be rewarded,”Onmonya said.
Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls who qualified from zone 3 will join 10 other teams in Tunisia.
Lineup for the 2017 FIBAACCUP: Etoile Sportive Rades (Tunisia), Kano Pillars (Nigeria), Gome Bulls (Nigeria), AS Mazembe (Democratic Republic of Congo), New Generation (DR Congo), City Oilers (Uganda), Interclube de Luanda (Angola), Sport Libolo e Benfica (Angola), Ferroviario da Beira (Mozambique), Union Sportive Monastirienne (Tunisia), Association Sportive Sale (Morocco) and Groupment Sportive Petroliers (Algeria).
The 12-team continental showpiece will take place from December 11-20 in the Tunisian city of Rades.