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Nigeria Basketball Federation Banks On Stakeholders For Better 2019

The leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation has tasked all stakeholders to brace up for another rollercoaster ride in 2019 as the federation gets ready to hit the ground running.

Despite landmark achievements in 2018 the NBBF believes that 2019 will be better.

According to the President, Engr Musa Kida, “2018 achievements were not accidental but products of serious preparations and efforts of all the board members. Despite the challenges and unnecessary distractions, 2019 promises to be better .”

Kida thanked the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, the Honorable Minister of Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon for providing a level playing field for all sports federations to thrive in the year under review.

“We cannot thank Mr President and the Honourable Minister enough for their support. Barrister Solomon Dalung was with the D’Tigress in Spain for the better part of their world cup campaign which served as the needed motivation on their way to rewriting basketball history as well as Men’s World Cup qualifiers in Lagos.”

The board also took time out to appreciate all corporate sponsors and members of the media for their amazing support in 2018 while asking for more collaboration in the New Year.

Reminiscing on the NBBF’s achievements in 2018, Kida said it has never been this good.

Nigeria’s D’Tigers,

In the year under review, Nigeria hosted the World Cup qualifiers twice in Lagos as D’Tigers under Coach Alex Nwora recorded a 9 match unbeaten streak to become the first country in the world to book a World Cup ticket in China.

Coach Otis Hughley led D’Tigress to the quarter final of the World cup while also becoming the first African country to ever win more than 1 game in the same tournament and the first country in Africa to ever get to the quarterfinals of the women’s World Cup.

“On the home front, for the first time in the history of Nigerian grassroots basketball, we have started repositioning the domestic league with the Total sponsored Division 1 and 2 expanded under a new format with over 150 teams participating. The Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League was also rejuvenated. First Bank who won the 2018 league finished 3rd in the FIBA Africa Women’s Club championship in Maputo, Mozambique,” Kida said.

Otis Hughley Head Coach of Nigeria’s D’Tigress

Rivers Hoopers of Port Harcourt and Civil Defenders of Abuja both emerged Nigeria’s continental representatives before booking their place in the inaugural FIBA AfroLeague starting 2019.

The federation therefore promised that efforts will be intensified at the home front to make the domestic league marketable, rewarding and conducive for players, coaches and team owners.

“2019 is already here and we can’t just wait to tip off. We have the All Africa Games, the Afrobasket for men and women, u-16 boys and girls and then the big one which is the World cup. The time to start preparation is now as we urge all to join hands with us on this memorable journey while looking forward to focusing on grassroots development and making sure the Nigerian flag flies high outside her shores,” Kida concluded.


Gold Cup TV To Debut In Ado Ekiti

Fans who miss any game during the Gold Cup Tourney can still watch footage of the matches on YouTube.

Organisers of the most elaborate Pre-season championship informed that its television will be lunched in Ado Ekiti where this year’s edition will be staged.

Gold Cup Media Head, Olawale Quadry disclosed: “We’re delighted to announce to all passionate fans of the Gold Cup and domestic league that its TV will be activated on Thursday, which is official kickoff date of the 10-Day soccer fiesta.

“Its first of it kind by any football tourney in Nigeria as we want to key into the technological age of television.

“Highlights of all the Gold Cup matches will be on YouTube.

“This innovation is geared at giving lovers of our tourney and followers of the different Nigeria leagues to access their team’s performance on the social media video platform via their Android or iOS devices, as the World is now a Global Village.”

Olawale added: “Grande Sports, a Sports Channel of a Digital Satellite in Nigeria TSTV Africa will be in charge of the Gold Cup Television.

“Grande Sports are focused on promoting Nigeria Sports wherever there is a major event.”

The Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament is sponsored by distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), and proudly supported by Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee Member, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, foremost betting company, Bet9ja, Nigeria leading sportswear firm, ‘Owu’, Play Sportswear, Ekiti State Football Association, Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation, Sportspro, New-Bell Global Investment, 11th Media Global Concept, Phreestyle Sports and Vomoz Mobile.

Zenith Bank Women Basketball League: First Bank Face Dolphins In Final.

Zenith Bank Women Basketball League defending Champions, First Bank will face Dolphins in the final of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League National Final 6.

First Bank and Dolphins who qualified for the final will also represent Nigeria in the 2018 FIBA Africa Women Club Championship.

First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos proved bookmakers right with an easy win over Nigeria Customs.

The Elephant girls out-shot Customs by 73points to 44 as they dominated the whole 4 quarters 19-14, 18-18, 23-10 and 14-10.

Nkechi Akashili dropped 20 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds while Okoro Ifunanya came from the bench to contribute 14points and 5 rebounds.

Dolphins overcame their 2017 heartbreak with a commanding 57-44 points win over Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry.

Bintu Badmus who played 32 minutes contributed 19points, 2 assists and 9 rebounds to aid her team’s progress.

Fumnanya Ijeh who was recently invited to the senior women’s team preparing for the FIBA Africa 3×3 cup of Nations also shot 10 points and 5 assists.

Mountain of Fire who were undone by inexperience lost out of a possible place in the final and will now face Customs in the 3rd place play off at 12pm on Wednesday.

Dolphins will face defending champions, First Bank at 2pm in the final Zenith Bank Women’s League National Final 6.

First Bank, Customs and 4 Others Qualify For Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League

6 teams from the Enugu and Abuja centres have booked their placement in the National Final of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League holding in Lagos.

Following days of competition in the Atlantic conference (Enugu) and Savannah conference (Abuja), 6 Qualifiers emerged for the Final 6.

In the Atlantic, current league champions, First Bank, Dolphins and new entrant Mountain of Fire all of Lagos booked their place.

Despite a loss in the conference final in Enugu against First Bank Women basketball, Dolphins still qualified as one of the finalists.

MFM Basketball club led by Coach Aderemi Adewunmi shocked 2017 league runners up, First Deepwater in the 3rd place battle to pick the last available ticket from the Enugu centre.

Customs enjoyed an unbeaten ride in the conference phase of the Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League to seal their place.

Plateau Rocks alongside Kaduna Angels also surmounted all obstacles on their way to sealing their spots out of the 12 teams that participated in the Savannah Conference in Abuja.

The National final 6 of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League will start on the 4th of November to 7th with the winner and first runner up representing Nigeria at the 2018 FIBA Africa Club Championship for women.

Nigeria’s D’Tigress Emerge Highest Climbers In Latest FIBA Ranking

D’Tigress have moved up 15 places in the latest FIBA Women’s ranking to 19th spot in the world after their 2018 World Cup heroics.

At the last world cup, Nigeria became the first African team to win more than 1 game in a single World Cup tournament and also advance to the quarter finals of the competition.

Ranked the lowest at 34th before the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain, D’Tigress have now emerged as the 2nd best team in Africa, replacing Angola.


The Coach Otis Hughley tutored side recorded 3 wins in a row defeating Turkey, Argentina and Greece before losing to World number 1, USA in the quarter final.

While reacting to the latest ranking, NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida expressed delight in the hard work of the federation which saw a better prepared and motivated D’Tigress take on the world in a stunning fashion and has finally been recognised.

According to him, with the recent feat of the team in 2017 when they emerged as African Champions before shocking the world at the 2018 FIBA World Cup, it was just a matter of time before the team took its pride of place.

“What a way to start October for us as a team, federation and lovers of basketball. It was just a matter of time before this happened because the consistency of this team has been so amazing.”

Kida said although the federation is still not satisfied with where the team is, they will savour the new found status while it lasts as the NBBF will continue to work assiduously to ensure future success.

“Now, we have to double our efforts because it will no longer be business as usual. More recognitions bring stiffer oppositions because we are gradually becoming a team to beat.”

“Before now, the team was an unknown quantity, but with what they have achieved in the last 1 year, future opponents will pay more attention to them.”


World Cup winners, United States of America retain its number 1 spot while Spain, Australia and France occupy the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place respectively.

Senegal who lost their quarter final playoff to Spain retained their 17th spot on the global ranking while Angola dropped 2 places to 20.

Mozambique also moved 2 steps backwards occupying 27th spot as Mali dropped 16 places to 40th.

FIBA Congratulates NBBF on World Cup Qualification.

The Federation of International Basketball Federations (FIBA) has congratulated the Nigeria Basketball Federation for being the first team in the world to qualify for the 2019 Men’s cup in China.

In a letter addressed to the NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, FIBA Secretary General, Patrick Baumann said, picking a ticket to the World Cup was not just extraordinary but one that the NBBF should be very proud of as the first country to land in China.

“As we embarked on a new era with the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers, your early successful qualification, well before the end of the qualifications is a testimony to the strength of your team and of basketball in your country. Your Federation and its National Team can be proud of having achieved this important milestone and being part of the journey to China.”

The latest gesture is seen as a direct acknowledgement of the hard work of the new NBBF board efforts in re-positioning basketball in Nigeria since assuming office.

The D’Tigers under the tutelage of Alex Nwora who won a silver medal at the 2017 Afrobasket championship for men are currently on a 9-match winning streak and garnering 18 points in the process to become the first country in the world to qualify for the World Cup with 3 games left to play.

Nigeria’s D’Tigers,

The letter sent directly to the NBBF President read in part, “Allow me to sincerely congratulate you, your National Federation and your players, on behalf also of our president, Mr Muratore on the qualification of your National Team to the FIBA Basketball World Cup which will be held in China next summer.”

Having already qualified, FIBA wished the federation the best of outing in the last official games coming up in February, 2019.

They remain upbeat that the “FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2019 will be remembered for long and will mark a new era in the history of basketball and its World Cup.”

Nigeria’s D’Tigress Vow To End Women’s Basketball World Cup On A High

The women’s senior national basketball team have vowed to end the 2018 FIBA World Cup on a high note on Sunday when they face world number 5, Canada in the 7th and 8th position classification game.

Despite winning the first quarter of their play off against France by 20-18, they eventually lost by 86 points to 62 on Saturday.

Elonu Adaora led D’Tigress scorers’ chat with 15 points and 2 assists while ever dependable Evelyn Akhator scored 9 points, 2 assists and 6 rebounds which was not enough to secure the much coveted win.

France with height advantage dominated inside the paint recording 69% conversion rate from their attempts while 18 points were also scored against the D’Tigress from the 3 point line with the duo of Ciak Helena and Gruda Sandrine leading the charge against D’Tigress with 16 and 15 points respectively.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game, Head coach, Otis Hughley said the girls may be physically tired, but they are mentally ready to take on Canada and secure a win.

“Considering the number of games we have played since the world cup started, it has taken its toll on the players. The most experienced Center, Aisha Mohammed had to sit out this match because of injury she sustained against Turkey. She managed to rush back against USA, but we could not get her ready on time for the game against France.”


Otis praised the Nigeria Basketball Federation for setting a standard with their organizational skills in getting the team prepared on time for the world cup.

“Early preparation made possible by the federation which saw us camp in Atlanta, Lagos and the friendly against Turkey in Istabul before the world cup was really helpful in getting us ready for our best ever finish by any African country in the history of the world cup.”

D’Tigress, ranked number 34 in the world defeated Turkey (7th), Argentina (15th) and Greece (20th) before setting up a quarter final clash with defending champions and world number 1, United States of America.

D’Tigress’ last game against Canada comes up by 11:30am