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NBBF Hails D’Tigers, D’Tigress, Chart Way For

Written By: SD Reporter


The Board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) met on September 26th, 2017 in Lagos. The meeting   reviewed   the   state   of   affairs   of   the   Federation   since   its   inauguration   on   July   2017,   and deliberated on the way forward with a view to attaining its objectives.

Among the communiqué issued was that the  Board commends the Women National Team (D’Tigress) for winning the Afrobasket Championship

for Women in Mali, Nigeria’s 3rd overall and latest after 12 years.

  1. The Board appreciates the goodwill of Mr. President, Commander -in -Chief of the Armed Forces,

Muhammadu Buhari for hosting the players and officials at the Federal Executive Council meeting and giving financial rewards to the team in motivating the team in their quest to winning the Women World Cup   in   Spain   as   African   Champions   in   2018.

  1. The Board acknowledges the role played by the Hon Minister of Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon

Dalung   and   members   of   the   Nigerian   Embassy   in   Mali,   led  by  Ambassador   Ken   Nwachukwu,   in motivating the team to achieving this feat.

  1. The Board commends the Men’s National Team (D ‘Tigers) for reaching the Finals of Afrobasket Men, in Tunisia, and is elated with this glorious achievement termed a “Golden Silver” by a cast of new players and Technical crew  who   reached   Finals   by defeating   highly   rated   teams   like;   Cote   D’Ivoire,   Mali, Cameroon and Senegal along the way. The Board further resolved to get in touch with the players on the

2015 D’ Tigers and all other players across all climes that are able to contribute to the National team. In a similar   vein,   it   resolved   to   commence   scouting   of   players   and   preparations   for   the   Gold   Coast Commonwealth   Games   immediately.

  1. The Board commends the players and officials of the National U18 Boys and Girls 3×3 Team which both won silver medals at the FIBA Africa 3×3 at the Mme Salamatou Maiga International Tournament in

Bamako,  Mali,  September 23rd and 24th, 2017.  The Board  resolved to  build  on the success  of its National   Teams   by   ensuring   early   and   adequate   preparations   in   future.

  1. The Board lauded the initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports led by Barrister. Solomon Dalung for successfully hosting of the National Youth Games in Ilorin where Basketball was one of the sports

/disciplines that States competed in, underscoring the importance attached to youth basketball by the present Board. The Board further assures that talents discovered at the Youth Games will be properly groomed   to   represent   Nigeria   in   future   international   tournaments.

  1. The Board expresses delight for the hosting of the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Club Championship Qualifiers for Men and Women, and restates its readiness to host the event in Lagos between 19th to 29th October
  2. Pursuant thereto, the  Board resolved  to  form a   Local Organizing  Committee  (LOC) for the Championship with the Vice President of the NBBF, Mr. Babatunde Ogunade, as Chairman.
  3. The Board draws attention to its directive by official letters and press releases to all its Affiliate State

Basketball Associations and Teams competing in the Kwese Premier Basketball League not to participate

in the Final 6 Conference and Final 8 National Playoffs organized by the former NBBF Board without clearance from the present Board. The Board notes that all the teams disregarded this directive with the

exception of Mark Mentors and Civil Defence of Abuja, while Royal Hoopers of Port Harcourt attended the Final 6 but did not attend the Final 8.

  1. The Board has reviewed the above and after an analysis clarifies as follows:
  2. The “Final 6 and Final 8” competitions held without recourse to the NBBF is not recognized by this Board.
  3. All matches, results and awards given in respect of performances at both championships are null and void.
  4. The Board has instituted a disciplinary inquest against the teams concerned for violating the directives of the NBBF not to attend both competitions held outside the purview of the NBBF without clearance.
  5. The Board resolved to write to all existing NBBF Sponsors to thank them for their commitment to Nigerian basketball and to invite them for a meeting to harmonize ideas on the way forward.
  6. The Board reviewed the terms of engagement with AFA Sports which has kitted the National Teams to four major international competitions when   the   Federation   needed  kits for the teams. The Boardcommends AFA Sports for providing kits for the Federation when PEAK, the Federation’s kit sponsor was   not   forth   coming.     The   Board   resolved   to   continue   with  AFA  sports   notwithstanding   that   the arrangement with the company does not attract monetary incentive till all outstanding issues regarding kit sponsorship are resolved.
  7. In recognition of the need   for an experienced legal   adviser,  the Board  appointed   Barrister Dafe

Akpedeyi, SAN, as it’s in – house Legal Adviser.

  1. Having established   that   the   indefinite   ban   placed   on   some   referees,   players   and   clubs   (Lagos

Islanders, Dodan Warriors and Union Bank) in 2016 did not meet the requirement of fair hearing, the

Board lifted the ban on the referees and Clubs affected with immediate effect.

  1. The Board resolved to complete the setting up of its committees soon for ease of administration and

good governance.

  1. The Board resolved to hold an AGM soon with a view to intimating all stakeholders of its plans and

aspirations for the future.

  1. The Board welcomed its latest member, Mr. Oni Afolabi, who was deployed to the Board as the

SWAN representative.

 

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