NBBF ham­mers Po­lice Ba­tons, coach Dike, player

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee

The Nigeria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NBBF) has fined the Po­lice Ba­tons Bas­ket­ball Club and slammed a five-match sus­pen­sion on one of the club’s coaches and play­ers for their mis­con­duct dur­ing their week five game in Ilorin against Kwara Fal­cons.

Those af­fected are Coach Do­minic Dike and Malu Wil­liams, a player who spots jersey num­ber 9, whose over­all con­duct and be­hav­iour dur­ing the said game the fed­er­a­tion views as “short of the stan­dard ex­pected in our fast grow­ing league.”

The NBBF, in a state­ment signed by its Me­dia Com­mit­tee Chair­man Patrick Omoro­dion says coach Dike and Wil­liams are each sus­pended for five league matches with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and with a warn­ing that they use the sus­pen­sion pe­riod to im­prove their be­hav­iour.

The team was also fined N50, 000, part of which will be used to re­place the dam­aged plas­tic chairs in the Ilorin Sports Hall while it was strongly ad­vised to learn to chan­nel its grievances through the avail­able ap­pro­pri­ate struc­tures.

The NBBF noted that “Al­though your team won the game, be on no­tice that the in­tim­i­da­tion of game of­fi­cials and op­po­nents, use of abu­sive lan­guage and dam­age to property (plas­tic chairs in the hall) with­out re­course to avail­able chan­nels of protest­ing any ob­served or per­ceived short­com­ings on the side of any game of­fi­cial(s), are ac­tions ca­pa­ble of dam­ag­ing the im­age of our game and league and taken to­gether, are a bad ex­am­ple es­pe­cially com­ing from a team of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.”

It added that the “un­con­trol­lable out­burst by your coach Dike Do­minic and player, Malu Wil­liams (both un­der ob­ser­va­tion for sim­i­lar con­duct in pre­vi­ous games), is to­tally un­ac­cept­able,” re­sult­ing in the sanc­tions meted out to them in or­der to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.