Basketball gamers allege in Abuja ahead of NBBF elections


The disaster rocking the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) is far from over even with a venue and date agreed upon for the Optional Congress.

The get-up to the polls mounted for Benin Metropolis, Edo Disclose at the tip of the month is particular person that must be carefully watched, sports experts dispute.

Over 100 Nigeria Basketball gamers led by the newly elected gamers’ book, Stanley Gumut on Thursday in Abuja staged a allege at the Unity Fountain.


The aggrieved gamers voiced their resentment at what they termed the mishandling of basketball administration in the closing four years and “plans by some individuals to perpetuate themselves in workplace in opposition to the wish of the bulk”.

Gumut told reporters: “We are at the Unity Fountain which is symbolic for the Nation, we are calling on whoever is to blame; the Presidency, the Ministry below the Minister of Sports activities, the Nigeria Olympic Committee, the Senate, and whoever is in the save of authority to note that Nigeria basketball gamers are struggling

“It is miles evident in the video that came out that our feminine team (D’Tigress) that has been winning laurels for this nation bear now not been paid. If I flip around now and screen you the community of gentlemen and ladies individuals here, they’ve now not had meals on their tables for the closing four years on narrative of there isn’t any league.”

As per the October 30 election in Benin, Gamut insists the gamers ought to bear a dispute like the different recognised bodies.

Players protest in Abuja
Gamers allege in Abuja

He stated: “Going forward in the following election, they don’t bear a narrate, we’re now not contented with the community of these that bear fallacious a document in allege that they can return.

“We are calling on the government to get into this and get us an different, so we would perhaps well doubtless be ready to bewitch out our most efficient leaders for ourselves, we accumulate desire a deliver whereby they can put in power leaders for us who bear put up a document that’s now not acceptable by the Nigerian gamers.”

‘We bear had ample’

As reported by Each day Belief, Nda Abu, a nationwide team and Kano Pillars participant additionally stated the gamers bear had ample and additionally want the outgoing Musa Kida management to quit definite.

He stated: “Let him quit aside, shall we now not ever allow him to lead us. He can now not appropriate near and kill basketball like that, no manner.

“For over 3 1/2 years, no league, no nothing. He most efficient considers the nationwide team, bringing gamers from The United States.

“We bear the league gamers, Division 1 gamers, Division 2 gamers, and upcoming gamers here protesting.”

The gamers, at the side of the gamers’ book in the Kida-led board, Ejike Ugboaja, reportedly marched to the Unity Fountain in the Central District on Thursday earlier than sending a book to meet with officials of the Federal Ministry of Formative years and Sports activities Vogue to table their calls for.

Within the intervening time, we label the Minister of Sports activities Sunday Dare has stepped into the disaster by spirited each and each factions (Kida and TJ Umar) to a peace meeting slated for Monday subsequent week.

That is geared toward engendering lasting peace to the disaster.

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