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FIBA delegation completes mission to Nigeria

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By Jacob Ajom

The FIBA delegation on a fact-finding mission to Nigeria over the crisis rocking the Nigeria Basketball Federation has rounded off its work after a closed door meeting with officials of the Nigeria Olympic Committee in Lagos yesterday.


The delegates, however, remained mum after the meeting as they refused to talk to the waiting sporting press outside the NOC building at the National Stadium, Lagos.

Confronted for his views, leader of the team, Alphonse Bile, who is FIBA Executive Director, Africa declined comments. He only directed journalists to meet the NOC Scribe, Tunde Popoola who obliged.

Popoola said, “they have been taking all the comments the stakeholders have made, they will now go back and report to the FIBA board for a final decision. The delegation has been objective, sincere and forthright in their mission and have been able to assemble all the information they have been hearing on the crisis and got to the root of the matter.”

Popoola said that with the seriousness demonstrated by FIBA so far, a quick end to the stalemate in the NBBF crisis was in sight as the world basketball ruling body is desirous to see the game develop in the country.

“The delegation disclosed that FIBA is ready to assist the development of Basketball in Nigeria,” Popoola added, pointing out that FIBA can only come in when there is stability in the system.

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