By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola
The newly re-elected of FCT basketball association, Frank Jituboh has bemoaned the lack of support from the government towards the development of basketball in the nations’ capital in a chat with our correspondent.
According to him, the association had been able to succeed despite the neglect from the government.
“I can also tell you that all the activities of the boards hasn’t been sponsored by government one dime, it’s been driven by the president himself and the sponsors people get, that is the direction sports should go in the country, I don’t think people should be waiting for funds from the government.”
“For basketball we are very happy, we are moving ahead despite the distractions but the train keeps moving and we are looking forward to another good year.”
Nigeria’s delegation leader to the FIBA 3×3 World Cup in Manila, Philippines held in June further spoke on his re-election and his plans for the association which according to him will be hinged on the directions of the sports council.
“Now we have been inaugurated as a board the councils have to tell us where their focus is, whether to host and win or host and lose, and we will come up with a plan in lines with what their dream is so for now it’s too early to be decisive,” he stated.
With fulfilment and joy, Jitubo listed out the achievements of the board within the last one year at the national level.
“It’s been fantastic, it has been the change that all basketballers has been craving for and that change has come and its moving at a very fast pace, because people only see the women’s achievement but for the past 1 year that the federation has come on board I can list out all the achievements here, you will also know that the men where the first country to qualify for the whole world.”
“Even with another round of qualifiers left to be played Nigeria has already qualified for the world cup, the women after winning the Africans championships went to the world cup and for the first time in the history of the world cup an African country won a match, not just a match up to the quarter finals.
“I have taken the under13 18 team to Mali and we came home both boys and girls with silver medals, we also went for the all African youth games which was only on 3 on 3 basketball and we came back with 1 silver and 1 bronze.”
“Also at the African defending champions in the senior category for 3 on 3 and we will be leaving from the 9th – 11th to defend that very trophy we won. We were also the first African country to go for a world cup tournament on 3 on 3 in the Philippines early this year, he concluded.