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Dare inaugurates Kida-led NBBF board to end leadership crisis

Sports minister Sunday Dare has recognised the Musa Kida-led board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation to put an end to the long-running leadership tussle in the sport.

Two different NBBF boards had emerged after elections in January, the other one led by Mark Mentors Basketball Club owner Mark Igoche.

The leadership crisis was the catalyst for the federal government’s withdrawal of the country’s basketball teams from international competitions earlier this year, which led to D’Tigress losing their place at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Australia in September.

Dare inaugurated the Kida board today at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja and is giving them his full backing.

The sports minister described the inauguration as significant for the growth of basketball in Nigeria and a forward leap in the mandate of the ministry in overseeing and supporting federations for the development of sports.

“For the records, this is the only board recognised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and, by extension, the Federal Government of Nigeria,” Dare said.

“Let that message go out clearly. To the President, the Vice-President and other members of the new board of the NBBF, the task of developing basketball is now under your watch, it now lies squarely on your shoulders.

“Our job at the ministry is done. We expect you to deliver for our country, for our athletes and for basketball development. We believe that team work, understanding and cooperation are prerequisites for achieving the board’s goals and objectives.

“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, having noted the situation around the basketball federation, has approved the elective Congress of January 21st, 2022 and its outcome, and that is why we are here today.”

Responding on behalf of the NBBF board, Kida expressed gratitude to the minister for resolving the crisis that plagued the federation for over five years by recognising the outcome of the elective congress.

He revealed that to put the past aside and work together with all stakeholders, a reconciliation committee has been put in place to unite the federation for the task of repositioning basketball in the country, while the process for the review of its statutes and constitution has begun.

Kida assured the minister that NBBF under his watch will develop basketball from the grassroots and restore the nation’s glory in international competitions.

Some of the board members including former NBA star and D’Tigers captain Olumide Oyedeji, Felix Awogu, Colonel San Ahmadu (retired) and Babatunde Ogunade, who is the vice-president.

This is the first time in recent years that the NBBF will have one board officially revognised by the sports ministry.

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