FIBA will resolve NBBF crisis – Kida board

Posted on Nov 30 2017 - 8:33am by admin

Idris Adesina

The Musa Kida-led Nigeria Basketball Federation said on Wednesday FIBA would not ban the country as a result of its failure to resolve the leadership crisis in the sport in Nigeria.

The purported   NBBF presidential  election in Kano on June 12  won by    Tijjani Umar,  and  the Nigeria Olympic Committee and sports ministry-backed  NBBF presidential poll on June 13  in Abuja won by  Kida saw the emergence of two NBBF boards.

FIBA in a letter by its Secretary-General, Patrick Baumann, and addressed to leaders of the two groups on July 27, refused to recognise both elections and directed the warring factions to resolve the issue before November 30.

However, efforts by the NOC to resolve the impasse has yielded no result as Umar is calling for fresh elections while  Kida insists that he will  not relinquish his mandate.

This has caused stakeholders to panic that the country could be banned from FIBA competitions if the issue is not resolved today.

But in a  statement  after a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, the  Kida NBBF insisted that  FIBA would only assist in solving the leadership crisis rather than banning Nigeria.

The statement quoted  the vice-president of the federation,  Babs Ogunade,  as saying  the Kida board had consceeded several times for the sake of the sport and its growth but the Umar faction had been adamant.

“FIBA will not ban Nigeria if we cannot resolve this issue by tomorrow (November 30). They will only help us to put some things in place that will guard against a future occurrence of things like this,” he said.

The international representative on the board, Samuel Ahmedu  denied claims that FIBA did not recognise the election which brought in the Kida board.

He said, “According to the letter sent to the different groups and the NOC, FIBA categorically stated that they were investigating the allegations of government interference during the conduct of the June 13 elections held in Abuja under the supervision of NOC.”

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