By Owolabi Abiola/First Zeal Media Cast

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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 2018 Commonwealth Games immediately.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 2017.
Pursuant thereto, the Board resolved to form a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the Championship with the Vice President of the NBBF, Mr. Babs Oguande as Chairman.

8. 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 TV 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 loop but did not attend the Final 8.

9. The Board has reviewed the above and after an analysis clarifies as follows:
a. The “Final 6 and Final 8” competitions held without recourse to the NBBF is not recognized by this Board.
b. All matches, results and awards given in respect of performances at both championships are null and void.
c. 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.

10. 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.

11. The Board reviewed the terms of engagement with Afa Sportswear which has kitted the National Teams to four major international competitions when the Federation needed kits for the teams.
The Board commends 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.

12. In recognition of the need for an experienced legal adviser, the Board appointed Barrister Dafe Akpedeyi, SAN, as it’s in – house Legal Adviser.

13. 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.

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

15. The Board resolved to hold an AGM soon with a view to intimating all stakeholders of its plans and aspirations for the future.

16. The Board welcomed its latest member, Mr. Oni Guarantor Afolabi, who was deployed to the Board as the SWAN representative.

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