Abuja - The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has pledged to make merit
the basis for selection of players to represent Nigeria at the "Basketball Without Borders (BWB)’’, camp in South Africa.
The federation’s President, Tijani Umar, made the promise when he declared open the selection camp on Saturday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the NBBF invited 30
players from across the country for the two-day selection camp at the
Indoor Sports Hall of the Abuja National Stadium.
Only eight players of the lot would be selected to represent the country at the BWB camp in South Africa later in the year.
"This year’s screening will be more challenging because the quota
for Nigeria was reduced from 12 to eight and that makes the selection
"We want you to know that NBBF is committed to `fairplay’ and the selection process will be based essentially on merit.
"The screening will entail all what the players can give to the
country in terms of commitment, so their attitude and character will be
taken into consideration,’’ Umar said.
The NBBF president said apart from selecting players to represent the
country, they would also be part of NBBF’s developmental programme.
Umar said the federation was determined to build a sustainable youth programme.
"We want a youth programme that we will grow sustainably and we know
that we will not win overnight, but when we start to win, we will
dominate,’’ he said.
An NBBF Board Member, Mark Igoche, said the future of basketball in
the country was bright considering the calibre of players for the camp.
"I believe we have a very bright future in basketball in this
country, judging by the kind of players we have produced because they
have started very young.
"Now, we have young people, who have the height and the skills, it
is only for us to tutor them properly and I see a lot of prospects in
the players here,’’ Igoche said.
NAN reports that the camp would be conducted by BWB veteran coaches -
Mike Akuboh, Emmanuel Odah, and supported by Fubara Onyeanabo, Sani
Turi and NBBF grassroots coach, Alex Uwajeh
BWB is an International Basketball Federation and the NBA Global
Basketball Development and Community Relations Outreach Programme.
The body promotes leadership, education, sportsmanship and healthy
living with an emphasis on HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention.
It consist a four-day camp hosted by a cosmopolitan city. The format
allows campers to build long-lasting relationships with team-mates and