Ahead of the anticipated visit of FIBA’s delegation to Nigeria on a fact finding mission over the leadership tussle rocking Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), the world governing body has refuted claim by Ahmadu Musa Kida-led group that it has the sole right to organise basketball leagues or activities in Nigeria.
FIBA’s communication director, Simon Wilkinson, makes the disclaimer while reacting to purported claimed by the group that the right to form basketball leagues in the country has been accorded to it by the world body.
He insisted there was nothing of such from the organization, saying FIBA has not given recognition to either of NBBF elections held Abuja or Kano last year.
“FIBA has not given recognition to either of the elections (Abuja or Kano) and therefore FIBA has not recognised anyone as the sole body to organise basketball leagues and activities in Nigeria.
“FIBA’s delegation will visit Nigeria in the early part of 2018 and prepare a report which it will submit to FIBA’s Executive Committee for its consideration at its next meeting,” Wilkinson stated.
It would be recalled that the Kida group through Chimezie Asiegbu, issued a communiqué dissociating the body from the National Divisions One and Two Leagues which it claimed was planned to hold in Kaduna from January 5, 2018.
After failing to stop the Kwese Premier League for men and the Zenith Women’s League, the Kida faction of the NBBF is again threatening clubs not to participate in the National Divisions One and Two holding soon under the auspices of the Tijjani Umar-led NBBF who are open to an amicable settlement of the leadership dispute by FIBA.
World Cup: England Set For Warm-up Games Against Nigeria, Costa Rica
England will host Nigeria and Costa Rica in World Cup warm-up friendlies in June, according to reports.
Press Association Sports claims that the Three Lions will take on Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 and then Costa Rica at Elland Road five days later before heading off for the tournament in Russia.
Gareth Southgate’s men are in World Cup Group G, along with Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.
England have played twice at Leeds’ home ground – a 2-1 defeat to Italy in March 2002 and a 3-3 draw with Sweden in June 1995. The ground also staged matches in 1996 when England hosted the European Championship.
Taking home games on the road is something England did in the build-up to Euro 2016, playing games at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
Southgate’s men already have two friendlies scheduled for March, matches against Holland in Amsterdam and Italy at Wembley.
Their World Cup campaign begins against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18. They then play debutants Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 before concluding the group stage against Belgium four days later in Kaliningrad.