The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has expressed disappointment on the non-qualification of D’Tigers in the ongoing pre-Olympic qualifiers at the Eko Hotels Convention Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.
This was revealed in a statement released on the official X (Twitter) page of the NBBF.
The NBBF thanked the Federal government for the support but noted that finances played a huge role in the poor outing of the team as they could not present the best players for this tournament.
“Some of these long outstanding liabilities Include the 2021 Afrobasket in Cameroun, where the D’Tigress emerged Champions, the Tokyo Olympic preparations and participation, and several others, and all these liabilities are getting to be a huge burden, and now hampering the ability of the NBBF to continue to provide the best of and maintain the huge successful strides made in the recent years.
NBBF believes that with adequate preparations, and the full complement of its best players, the national teams will continue to do the country proud and perform better. It remains a fact that paucity or unavailability of funds has always militated against the even better desired results for basketball and sports generally.”
The federation also thanked the Federal Government for their support and encouragement to allow basketball grow in Nigeria.
Urging Mr President to approve and release all pending current financial requests before him for approval and other past liabilities that are pending, as these growing liabilities are inflicting excruciating pains on the Federation.
They however commended the basketball fans and stakeholders in and outside the country for the performance and support of D’Tigerss in the just concluded Afrobasket tournament in Kigali, Rwanda, which they won.
D’Tigers are currently ranked number one in Africa, but could not show their superiority as they finished bottom of their group after two straight defeats.
Written by: Debby Eselebor
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