National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condemned in clear terms the crisis rocking Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), saying it is not in the interest of youth and detrimental to the development of youth in the country. This was contained in a statement signed by the SSA on sports to the national president of NANS, Comrade Godwin Erheriene. The statement noted that the Nigeria Students are always at the receiving end of any crisis, because they always bear the brunt of the storm since they are the ones play the game of basketball due to their passion for the game unlike the elderly citizens. The association also expressed concern over the November 30th ultimatum given by the world body, FIBA to NBBF, to resolve the leadership crisis or face sanctions. The statement reads in part: “NANS is not unaware of the current crisis rocking the Nigeria Basketball Federation which has made the...
Head coach of the Women's Senior National basketball team, Sam Vincent is optimistic about D’Tigress chances of making an impressive outing at the 2017 Women's Afrobasket tournament holding in Mali. An impressed Vincent who arrived the team’s camp on Wednesday night was at the team's second friendly game in two days against Raptors Basketball club at the Indoor Sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium, Surulere. Despite suffering another defeat against Raptors with the game ending 78points to 65 in favour of the men’s team, the coach said there was a marked improvement in the way the team played as they were able to reduce the 16points deficit in their earlier 71 points to 55 loss to just 13 in less than 24 hours. “I feel great, the ladies are working hard, we got a good training camp in Florida. We have a solid local training camp and I feel we have...
 BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna After a week of exciting basketball action at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Sports Complex in Kaduna, 12 teams have earned their places in the next round of the Zenith Bank Female Basketball Premier League slated for Asaba, Delta. This was disclosed to newsmen by the head, technical committee, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Ajibade Bello, at the end of the second phase of the league’s play-off which attracted 18 teams. According to him, six teams would remain in the lower division – though he failed to disclose which teams gained promotion and which ones failed to do so – stressing that it would take some days for his committee to “compile an accurate table.” Speaking further, Bello said the NBBF was looking forward to the third phase billed for Asaba in June. “We are happy that the competition was very successful. The standard of play was high, officiating was very good and...
D’Tigress booked the first FIBA World ticket from the African zone after advancing to the finals of the 2017 FIBA Women Afrobasket tournament when they defeated host-Mali in a hard fought semi-final game by 48points to 47. It was Mali’s Tirera Meiya that led the scorer's chat with 15points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds but  it was not enough to upset a more technically balanced Sam Vincent led side who shared the scoring responsibility on the night. D'Tigress co-captain, Kalu Ezinne steered the battle charge against the host scoring 11points, 6 assists and catching 4 rebounds, while Nyingifa Atonye contributed 11 points, 2 assists and 4 rebounds to cap an unforgettable win for the team who last qualified for the finals of the Afrobasket in 2005 when Nigeria hosted the tournament. Despite fouling out midway into the 4th quarter, Akhator Evelyn who was still instrumental to the team’s victory caught 10 rebounds...
Russia’s ban from international athletics competition is set to extend beyond the World Championships in London in August, the International Association of Athletics Federations has announced. Russia’s ban from international competition is set to extend beyond the World Championships in London in August, the International Association of Athletics Federations has announced. The IAAF voted unanimously to extend the ban on the Russian Athletics Federation, which was originally excluded in 2015 following allegations of state-sponsored doping. Rune Andersen, the independent chairman of the IAAF Taskforce, indicated RUSAF is unlikely to be reinstated until the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) declares the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) code-compliant in November. Andersen said: “The road map that I outlined... clearly states there will be no reinstatement until RUSADA is functioning... and presumably if everything goes to plan there will be a full reinstatement by November 2017. “This meant Russia as a nation, or RUSAF, is not recommended by us...