Nigerian government allows basketball teams to play again | Sports

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The Nigerian government made an abrupt U-turn on Thursday and allowed its national basketball teams to resume competition immediately.

The decision to lift the ban on teams playing in international competitions came after an appeal to the government of the Basketball Federation of Nigeria and the “intervention” of former Nigerian international players, the sports ministry said. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the return to play, the ministry said in a statement.

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