NANS Condemn Crisis Rocking NBBF

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...
FIBA Africa Zone 3 has announced the postponement of its zonal elimination championship to be hosted by Nigeria from the 11th - 18th, November, 2017. This is contained in a letter signed by its President, Colonel Samuel Ahmedu (rtd) and addressed to FIBA Africa, the Nigeria Basketball Federation and 7 other countries under the zone. Ahmedu said the competition which should have dunked off on the 20th of October at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos was postponed due to administrative reasons despite the readiness of the host federation. FIBA zone 3 explained that the postponement became necessary because only 1 women's team - First Bank of Nigeria and 4 Men’s teams (2 each from Nigeria and Benin) have confirmed their registration at the expiration of the registration deadline of 16th October, 2017. “Due to some other administrative issues, the date for the qualifiers for Men has been shifted to...
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...

D’Tigress Book World Cup ticket

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...
 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...
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 50 goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League when he netted against Atletico Madrid. The Real Madrid superstar headed in a 10th-minute opener at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday to give the defending champions a 1-0 advantage over their city rivals. It is the latest landmark to be reached by the four-time Ballon d'Or winner in Europe's premier competition, following a five-goal haul over two legs against Bayern Munich in the previous round. A brace in a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena took Ronaldo on to 100 goals in European club competitions, while a hat-trick in the return fixture brought up the 32-year-old's Champions League century. Ronaldo's Barcelona rival Lionel Messi has the next best knockout return in the history of the competition with 37 goals. Bayern's Thomas Muller is third on 19.  
The NBBF Technical committee has released the name of the of 29 players invited to camp in Nigeria and United States of America ahead of the apex women's championship in Africa holding in Mali. Meanwhile, the team made up of 17 foreign-based and 12 home-based players were ordered to report to camp today, Monday, July 24, 2017. According to the release signed by the Secretary of the NBBF, Chimezie Asiegbu the foreign-based players will converge on Orlando, Florida, while the home-based alongside some of their foreign-based counterparts such as Sarah Ogoke, Uju Ugoka and Adaora Elonu holidaying in Nigeria would converge on Lagos. Meanwhile, the Orlando camp would be led by D’Tigress captain, Helen Ogunjimi, alongside Ezinne Kalu, Promise Amukamara, Adaeze Alaeze, Ayoleka Sodade, Ndidi Madu, Cecilia Okoye, Aisha Mohammed, Patience Okpe, Sarah Imovbioh, Ugo Nwaigwe, Balogun Elizabeth, Joyce Ekworomadu and Evelyn Akhator. In Lagos, the 11 players would sweat it out under the watchful...
BY Isaiah Benjamin, Kaduna Bauchi Nets of Bauchi and Kada Stars of Kaduna have replaced Mark Mentors and Defenders of Abuja in the ongoing Kwese Premier Basketball League Conference 6 playoffs holding at the Indoor Hall of Murtala Square Stadium in Kaduna. The competition which forms part of the last lap in the Kwese Premier Basketball League runs from August 14 to 20. According to organizers of the league, the need to replace both teams from Abuja became necessary due to the failure of the teams to honour their invitation to be part of the Conference 6 after qualifying to participate during the regular season. The League Director, Mr Ajibarede Bello, said the decision was taken according to the rules governing the league. “The rules are very clear. Both clubs were invited and letters were duly sent to them. They are aware and fully informed as well as mobilized according to the rules...