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Kida Bags NBBF General Assembly’s Vote Of Confidence

The General Assembly of the Nigeria Basketball Federation has passed a Vote of Confidence on Engr Ahmadu Musa Kida as President of NBBF following the laudable achievements recorded under his watch since taking over in 2017.

The Annual General Assembly which had 28 out of 36 states of the Federation and the FCT in attendance unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the NBBF alongside the board of the NBBF.

The Assembly which had the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, FIBA representative, Mr Hesham EL- Hariri and the Nigeria Olympic Committee 2nd Vice President, Barr. Francis Orbih in attendance appreciated the achievements recorded by the NBBF Board in the last 1 and half years.

The delegates highlighted Afrobasket Women’s Basketball championship triumph in Mali in 2017, the Afrobasket silver medal winning feat of the D’Tigers as well as the exploits of D’tigress at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain where the Team set an African record by reaching the Quarter Finals for the first time.

They reckoned that such achievements which also included D’Tigers qualification for the FIBA Men’s World Cup in China as well as the successful hosting of the World Cup Africa Zone Qualifiers 3rd and 4th window could not have been possible without Kida’s quality leadership.

The Assembly urged the Board not to relent in its effort to see that Basketball is well grounded in Nigeria while expressing optimism that the domestic league will soon become a thing of pride.

FIBA, through its representative, EL- Hariri praised the NBBF for putting together a successful Annual General Assembly.

The FIBA Africa Zone 5 President and member of FIBA Africa Central Board stressed that he was in Nigeria on the directive of FIBA to observe and convey FIBA’s total support which is a confirmation and approval of the Annual General Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Assembly considered the Draft NBBF Statutes, received contributions from the accredited delegates and after a thorough review unanimously approved, ratified and adopted the Statutes which is to be called: The NBBF Statutes 2019.

The Assembly also unanimously approved the 2019 NBBF program of activities as presented by the NBBF board while also approving the NBBF 2017 and 2018 Audited Financial Report.

Kida thanked all the delegates for believing in the leadership of the NBBF as it repositions Basketball in Nigeria for stability, sustainable growth and development. The NBBF President assured that the Board will not betray the confidence reposed in it.

Team Rollers Emerge Champions Of 2019 Easter Wheelchair Basketball Championship

Team Rollers on Wednesday (yesterday) emerged champion of the 2019 Easter Wheelchair Basketball Championship with a 31-13 points defeat of Team Bose Kafo at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Team Rollers defeated Team Achievers by 27-4 points in the first semi-final while Team Bose Kafo humbled Team Sunshine by 28-00 in the second semi-final.

Team Achievers went to defeat Team Sunshine by 10-6 points in the third place game.

2019 Easter Wheelchair Basketball Championship

Team Rollers captain Williams Terlumun Ukari thanked the Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation and players in the diaspora for putting together the 2-Day tournament.

He however appealed to the corporate world and influential individuals to sponsor more competitions for special athletes in Nigeria.

Eight teams took part of the tournament which was a mixed blend of male and female players.

NBBF To Hold Training For Technical Officials

Arrangements have been concluded by the Nigeria Basketball Federation to organise a 3-day training and refresher course for its Technical Officials ahead of the new basketball season in Nigeria.

The Technical representative on the NBBF board, Adamu Janlong made this known to newsmen on Monday in Abuja ahead of the federation’s stakeholders meeting on Saturday.

Adamu said, “Both old and new officials hoping to be actively involved in the 2019 season are expected to participate in this intensive training which will focus on capacity development and interpretations of some new rules.”

The training and refresher course expected to hold at the National Institute of Sports, Package B of the Abuja National Stadium will start on Friday and end on Sunday.

“The recent training by NBBF in 2018 in Lagos has seen more Nigerian statisticians and Technical Officials take up more roles in Africa during continental assignments. As a board, we shall continue to organise trainings for our members to ensure they are qualified to compete favourably with the best in the world.”

Foremost Nigerian FIBA certified referee, Kingsley Ojeaburu and some FIBA Technical officials are expected to be resource persons.

Participants are expected to cater for their transportation, feeding and accommodation for the duration of the training.

Nigeria Basketball Federation AGM To Hold As Scheduled

The leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation has unequivocally stated that the planned 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Federation slated for Saturday, 13th of April in Abuja will go on as planned.

This assertion came on the backdrop of stories making rounds on social media and published by some national dailies on Monday about the possible postponement of the AGM due to a court ruling filed by a fictitious body known as the League Management Board.

Responding to the rumors, NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida described it as the last attempt by “drowning men” to confuse enthusiastic stakeholders ahead of the landmark event.

Kida wondered how Barrister Josiah O. Daniel-Ebune, Counsel to the fictitious body not recognized by the NBBF could be referring to another case which the body he is claiming to represent is not connected to in any way.

“We find it funny that this fictitious body is referring to a case instituted by one El Hassan Auwalu and Abdullahi Bello in 2017 seeking to challenge the election that brought us on board which fortunately got thrown out by the court.”

“It definitely shows that some people whose aim is to distrupt basketball growth in Nigeria for their selfish reasons have now joined forces and are working together to distract our board by creating artificial crisis”.

He stressed that if a fictitious body not recognized by any law or statute under the NBBF can go about waving an exparte order around, then anybody can rise up one day and challenge the existence of NBBF as the apex basketball body in Nigeria.

Kida noted that all the activities of these shenanigans are being documented by the Federation of International Basketball Associations with appropriate measures to be applied at the right time.

EGNR MUSA KIDA

Ahead of the AGM and Stakeholders meeting, Kida said the NBBF has duly notified all relevant law enforcement apparatus as law abiding citizens to forestall any break down of law and order.

He advised the media who he described as the Federation’s partners in progress to always verify their reports and stay clear of sensationalism which has continued to affect basketball in Nigeria.

“Since we came on board, we have continued to enjoy good working relationship with our esteemed friends in the media. We have over the months demonstrated that our board is very open, so in cases where such reports emanate from faceless people, at least they need to verify.”

With the continued FIBA recognition of the Kida board, the NBBF President reasoned that this aggrieved groups have nothing to fight for which has seen them resorting to distractive tactics.

NBBF’s Ogunade Tasks Corporate Organisations On Sports Investment

Nigeria Basketball Federation Vice President, Babatunde Ogunade has tasked Corporate Organizations in Nigeria to key into the ongoing revolution in the Nigerian basketball by investing in its further growth.

Speaking at the media parley heralding the 21st edition of the Nestle Milo Basketball Championship for Secondary schools on Thursday in Lagos, Ogunande said with the huge task of funding, infrastructure development, international participation, domestic leagues and development of talents, the NBBF needs all the support from the corporate world.

He eulogized the impact that the Nestle brand has continued to play in Nigerian sports especially basketball in the last 20 years since it started the Milo Secondary School program.

The NBBF Vice President said the program which produced the likes of Evelyn Akhator, Nkechi Akashili, Chioma Okoro Udeaja, Elo Edema Edeferioka amongst others has contributed immensely to the D’Tigress recent successes at the 2017 Afrobasket in Mali and the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain where the team got to the quarterfinal.

“Other Corporate organisations in Nigeria need to emulate the illustrious contributions of Nestle Milo by investing in the future of the immediate environment they operate through sports. To have been doing this for the past 20 years is not a mean feat. They must be commended.

He promised that the Technical Department of the federation will pay close attention to the 21st edition starting on the 8th of May in their quest for talent discovery for the underage National teams.

In an address by the Managing Director and Chief Executive, Nestle Nigeria PLC, Mauricio Alarcon said, “The Nestle brand has continued to enhance quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, we encourage children to be active through sports programs.”

Babatunde Ogunade

According to Alarcon, the brand has a strong belief that sports provide opportunities for the development of qualities that set the foundation for a child’s future which has continued to encourage them to be at the forefront of grassroots sports development in Nigeria for the past 20 years.

The Savannah conference comprising Bauchi, Adamawa, Plateau, Kano, Gombe, Jigawa, Borno, Katsina, Yobe and Taraba will begin from May 3 to 8 in Bauchi while the Central Conference made up of Benue, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara and the FCT will play their games in Minna from May 10 to 15.

The Equatorial Conference will feature teams from Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Imo, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa and Ebonyi. They will play their matches in Enugu from May 17 to 22 while the Western Conference made up of Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Kwara, Lagos , Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo will play in Ibadan from May 24 to 29.

The National finals hold in Lagos from July 4.

Nigeria Basketball Federation to hold AGM, Stakeholders Forum April 13

The Nigeria Basketball Federation will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 13th 2019 by 8:00am.

The AGM which will have in attendance 2 representatives from the 36 Basketball state Associations and the Federal Capital Territory, representatives of Referees, Coaches, Technical Commissioners and the Para Military will hold at the National Institute of Sports located inside the Abuja National Stadium.

This was contained in a letter addressed to various Commissioners/ Directors of Sports and Chairmen of State Basketball Associations and other relevant bodies by the NBBF Secretary General, Chimezie Asiegbu.

According to the letter, all state associations and relevant bodies must ensure that 2019 affiliation fees and arrears are fully settled before the AGM which will serve as accreditation and access to the event.

Chimezie directed that all state representatives must collect an official letter from either their Commissioners or Directors of Sports which should be addressed to the Secretary General of the Nigeria Basketball Federation for easy identification.

It is expected that far reaching decisions will be taken with special emphasis on the Laws governing the game in Nigeria in line with directives from the Federation of International Basketball Associations and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Meanwhile, the ‪annual Stakeholders Forum will also hold at the same venue at 2:00pm.

The traditional stakeholders forum is in preparation for the commencement of the 2019 basketball season.

All basketball stakeholders in Nigeria are invited to attend where vital issues relating to the 2019 season and the development of Basketball in Nigeria will be discussed.

All participants will be responsible for their transportation, accommodation and feeding while attending the meeting.

New NBA Africa YouTube Channel to Broadcast Live Primetime Games Weekly While Celebrating Africa’s Impact On The NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and YouTube today announced the launch of the NBA’s first YouTube channel dedicated to fans in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to featuring two live games per week in primetime for the rest of the 2018-19 season, including the Playoffs, Conference Finals and The Finals, the NBA Africa YouTube channel will celebrate the impact of African players in the NBA. The channel will also showcase the league’s long history of growing basketball at all levels across the continent and using the game as a platform to inspire and empower African youth.

The first two live game broadcasts on the new NBA Africa YouTube channel will take place on Sunday, March 24 and will feature the Charlotte Hornets hosting the Boston Celtics at 12:00am (CAT) followed by the L.A. Clippers visiting the New York Knicks at 6:00pm (CAT).

The channel will feature original and archived programming, including a collaboration with Africa-based YouTube creators on original content, a customised weekly magazine show and NBA documentaries featuring current and former African players and legends.

“The NBA Africa YouTube channel is yet another important milestone for the NBA in Africa and will allow more fans to access our games, live and on demand, across the continent,” said NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall. “As we enter the home stretch of the NBA season and teams fight for playoff positioning, we look forward to bringing the excitement of the NBA to more fans in sub-Saharan Africa while celebrating the NBA’s rich history and bright future in Africa.”

“From inception, YouTube has been a hub for fans to catch up on moments and coverage from their favourite sports,” said Manager of YouTube Partnerships in Africa, Dayo Olopade. “We are delighted to be partnering with the NBA to bring the action and inspiration of basketball to our audience in Africa. We hope NBA fans on the continent enjoy watching the live games and commentaries on YouTube.”

The NBA’s partnership with YouTube goes back more than a decade when it became the first professional sports league to partner with YouTube and launch its own channel in 2005, and the first to join YouTube’s “Claim Your Content” program in 2007. Last year, YouTube TV became the first presenting partner of NBA Finals and WNBA Finals. To date, the NBA YouTube channel has generated more than 5.4 billion views.

The NBA has a long history in Africa and opened its African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010. Opening-night rosters for the 2018-19 NBA season featured 13 African-born players, and there are more than 80 current and former NBA players from Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, including Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) and Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Last month, the NBA and FIBA announced their plan to launch the Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa. The BAL will build on the NBA’s existing grassroots and elite basketball development initiatives on the continent, including the Jr. NBA, Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa and The NBA Academy Africa.

Since The NBA Academy Africa opened in May 2017 25 elite male prospects ages 14-20 have received scholarships and training after scouting programs conducted with local federations across the continent. Three NBA Academy Africa graduates have gone on to commit to NCAA Division 1 schools.

The NBA has held three sold-out Africa Games, in Johannesburg in 2015 and 2017 and in Pretoria in 2018, in support of charities including UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA). Through NBA Cares, the NBA has created 87 places for children and families to live, learn and play in seven African countries.