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NBBF, Nige­ri­ans mourn ‘Yomi bas­ket’ San­godeyi

- By David Ngobua Sports · Basketball · Nigeria · Hakeem Olajuwon · Nigeria national football team · Italy · Italy National Football Team · Spain · Spain national football team · Turkey · Israel · Argentina · Argentina national football team · Brazil · Brazil national football team · Nigeria Basketball Federation

The Nige­rian bas­ket­ball fra­ter­nity is mourn­ing the demise of the first Nige­rian bas­ket­ball player to be awarded sports­man of the year, Yomi San­godeyi.

Pop­u­larly known as Yomi Bas­ket, he was a reg­u­lar face in the var­i­ous Nige­rian Na­tional teams to many in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments in the late 70s and 80s.

Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion, En­gi­neer Musa Kida said San­godeyi who died on Tues­day was a big brother and a leg­end of the game.

Rem­i­nisc­ing on the life of the de­ceased, Kida said, “He was like a big brother to many of us then in the Na­tional Team. He made it easy for us as young ath­letes to find our feet and set­tle in the team dur­ing our ac­tive days.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2017 ESPNAfrica ar­ti­cle, San­godeyi was listed along­side Akeem Ola­ju­won, Alabi Ade­lanwa, Joe Garba and Em­manuel Ch­agu as one of the five great­est Nige­rian bas­ket­ball play­ers.

He was ar­guably the first and best cen­tre of the mod­ern era who be­came Nige­ria's first full­time pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball player.

‘Yomi Bas­ket’ played in Italy, Spain, Tur­key, Is­rael, Ar­gentina and Brazil where he left his marks.

He has since been buried ac­cord­ing to Is­lamic rites.

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