September 6, 2017

Basketball: Morrison Appointed FIBA Technical Commissioner

The Chairman, Kaduna State Basketball Association, Scambo Morrison, has been appointed into the exclusive list of the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA), Technical Officials Committee.

Morrison, a former international and board member in the Tijjani Umar-led Nigeria Basketball Federation Board, joins Sam Ahmedu as Technical Commissioners from Nigeria at FIBA.

Ahmedu currently occupies the FIBA Zone 3 Presidency which gives Nigeria a very strong representation on the elite board.

The Nigerian Technical Commissioner’s appointment was recently conveyed to Nigeria in a letter by FIBA after Morrison sat and passed the mandatory Technical Commissioners examination.

Newsmen report that others who are also technical commissioners from Nigeria include Akinseinde Ishola and Oboro Adeola-Aminu.

Reacting to the appointment, an elated Morrison described the development as a sign of a new dawn for Nigeria in basketball, considering that someone had made it a one-man show at FIBA.

“The impression being created before now was that the feat was unachievable. They made it look like a mountain too high for some of us.

“It was so bad that information to help Nigeria achieve this feat was kept secret.

“They created so much fear in us, the younger ones, and we were related to by those already there as if it was a step that cannot be easily climbed.

“ I am happy that I am one of the youngest Technical Commissioners from the country,’’ Morrison said.

Describing it as a jinx broken, Morrison said making sure Nigeria gets a good representation was his utmost desire.

“It is a jinx broken and my aim is to ensure that Nigeria gets quality representation at FIBA, particularly for technical officials and matters relating to basketball development in the country.

“It has always been a one-man show which should not be the case; now, we have opportunity to represent the country as well as sell our nation properly.

“This will ensure that the interests of the players and technical officials are adequately protected,’’ he added.

Morrison also said that his watch word is integrity at FIBA and will explain, expatiate and tell Nigerians the truth about happenings at FIBA, according to the rules and regulations.

“I will serve as an unbiased bridge between FIBA and Nigeria and basically, also encourage others to aspire.

“ I don’t believe in politics but in building the benefits of the game through morals and dedication,’’ he added.