The 2013 FIBA Africa Club Champions Cup is now scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia amongst ten teams from Africa. Earlier the competition was to be held in November.
The championship is the highest men's basketball competition for clubs, organized by the FIBA Africa and played by the champions of the leagues of the African countries.
A Liberia Basketball Association source told the Daily Observer that Oilers have been informed of the new schedule.
Prior to Oilers’ qualification for the ‘Tunis Basketball Battle,’ which many basketball pundits have described as a “stranger and newcomer” Liberia dropped three places to 85 in the FIBA world ranking and 22.
Oilers’ qualification marked Liberia’s debut representation to FIBA Africa finals, since the establishment of the LBA in the 1960s.
LPRC Oilers and Nigeria’s Kano Pillars will represent Zone 3 in the championship. USA, Spain and Argentina remain the top three basketball teams in the world, while Angola, Nigeria and Tunisia top the African zone.
Oilers booked their ticket to Tunis when they defeated Nigerian outfit Union Bank 58-54 points and walloped fellow compatriots NPA-pythons 103-74 points in the recently Monrovia tournament.
The triple champs (2011-2013) also pinned Young Sports Club of Sierra Leone, 89-66 points, but lost to Nigerian giants Kano Pillars, 82-65 points and made amends by trouncing Ghanaian club CEPS Braves 81-67 points.
Meanwhile, Oilers Vice President Edward J. Harris told the Daily Observer recently a ‘fundraiser campaign’ to support the team to Tunisia is scheduled on Friday, November 14 at the LPRC headquarters in Vai Town.