NBBF de­camps U-16 team, reaf­firms com­mit­ment to play­ers’ wel­fares

Daily Trust - - SPORT - From Do­tun Omisakin, La­gos

The Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion, En­gi­neer Ah­madu Musa Kida has reaf­firmed his com­mit­ment to play­ers’ wel­fare dur­ing his ten­ure.

Speak­ing on Wed­nes­day evening at the In­door Sports Hall of the Na­tional sta­dium im­me­di­ately af­ter train­ing of the Se­nior Women’s Na­tional team who are pre­par­ing for the 2017 Afrobas­ket com­pe­ti­tion in Mali, Kida de­scribed Nige­rian play­ers both home and abroad as his per­sonal clients as the NBBF pres­i­dent.

“One thing I have al­ways main­tained is that the play­ers are my per­sonal clients and pre­ferred cus­tomers as the pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion. They are the peo­ple who I swore an oath to make sure I cre­ate the best en­abling en­vi­ron­ment to ex­hibit their tal­ents”

He lamented the hard, the de­ci­sion of the fed­er­a­tion to de­camp the Ju­nior D’Ti­gress who had been in camp for about two weeks in prepa­ra­tion for the FIBA Africa U-16 Women’s Cham­pi­onship in Mozam­bique un­der the watch­ful eyes of the team’s as­sis­tant coach, Tony Nel­son.

Kida said the move be­came nec­es­sary when it was ob­vi­ous that the team would not be able to par­tic­i­pate at the com­pe­ti­tion which will start to­mor­row af­ter the fed­er­a­tion could not com­plete the team’s reg­is­tra­tion be­fore the dead­line by FIBA Africa.

De­spite all spir­ited at­tempts by the new board to cover up for lost time be­fore their of­fi­cial in­au­gu­ra­tion, Kida said FIBA Africa de­cided to kick out Nige­ria from the cadet com­pe­ti­tion cit­ing rules govern­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

He said the fed­er­a­tion would have loved to keep the 15-man team in camp, but due to the fi­nan­cial sta­tus of NBBF, they had no choice but to tell the team to re­con­vene in an­other three weeks for a cadet zonal com­pe­ti­tion in Togo. Cre­den­tials of FOSLA academy play­ers who have done their Se­nior Sec­ondary Schools Ex­am­i­na­tion and sat for their Univer­sity Ma­tric­u­la­tion Ex­am­i­na­tion are un­der­way for pro­vi­sional ad­mis­sion screen­ing into Foun­tain Univer­sity, Osogbo, Osun state.

This was spawned as the Vice Chan­cel­lor of Foun­tain Univer­sity Osogbo, Pro­fes­sor Us­man Ab­du­la­teef or­dered the Univer­sity reg­is­trar to as­cer­tain those that met the min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tions for their cour­ses dur­ing visit by the man­age­ment of FOSLA academy led by the for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Al­haji Sani Lulu Ab­dul­lahi.

The Univer­sity don who wel­comed their visit, de­scribed the FOSLA Academy as a wellar­tic­u­lated project that all wellmean­ing Nige­ri­ans should key into.

He said that his Univer­sity is happy to be as­so­ci­ated with the Academy, as his young Univer­sity will ben­e­fits im­mensely from the prod­ucts that the Academy will give to them. He com­mended the Academy’s Pro­pri­etor Al­haji Sani Lulu Ab­dul­lahi for his hu­man­i­tar­ian and pa­tri­otic ser­vices to the coun­try.

Ear­lier, the Pro­pri­etor of the Academy Al­haji Sani Lulu Ab­dul­lahi who led the del­e­ga­tion, had in­formed the Vice Chan­cel­lor that their visit to Osun state was to fi­nal­ized the ear­lier agree­ment reached with the Univer­sity, most es­pe­cially now that the first batch of the stu­dents have fin­ished their Se­nior Sec­ondary Schools Ex­am­i­na­tion and sat for their Univer­sity Ma­tric­u­la­tion Ex­am­i­na­tion.

NBBF pres­i­dent, Musa Kida

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