By Jacob Ajom
Contrary to claims making the rounds that there will no longer be elections into the board of the NBBF, the Federation of International Basketball Association, FIBA, has cleared the air on the matter, insisting that it has “not given recognition to either of the elections that were held in June 2017 in the name of the Nigerian Basketball Federation.”
In a reply to an enquiry made by Sports Vanguard, FIBA Communications Coordinator, Simon Wilkinson confirmed the extension of the deadline for the internal resolution of the crisis but added that a fact-finding team has been set up to visit Nigeria early next year.
Wilkinson’s reply reads: “In response to queries sent to us, we provided them with information that we are now sharing with you:
“FIBA had granted the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) a deadline of November 30, 2017, to internally resolve the situation which it faces.
“At its meeting on December 9, the Central Board exceptionally granted an extension until the end of February 2018 to find a solution.
A FIBA 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.”
“To be clear, FIBA has not given recognition to either of the elections that were held in June 2017 in the name of the Nigerian Basketball Federation.
“However, while the issue is pending, FIBA is solely communicating with the NBBF through the following persons: Mr Ahmadu Musa Kida, Mr Babatunde Ogunade and Chimezie Asiegbu.
Queries about any organisational matters regarding national leagues and national teams should be directed to the people above.”