Former Nigerian basketball star, Olumide Oyedeji has expressed his sadness at the poor level of basketball in Nigeria.
The President, Nigeria Olympian Association while speaking with newsmen condemned the leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Basketball Federation.
“This is not Umar Tijani basketball or Musa Ahmadu-Kida basketball but Nigeria basketball. We have people who are benefiting from this drama. We have to find a way to move the game forward and promote the image of this country through basketball,” he said.
He also said as a FIBA ambassador, he has nothing to preach to the outside world about Nigeria except that the country qualified for the World Cup.
“We should be in the best 10 teams in the world. We are measuring ourselves with other people’s failures.
“There is nothing we actually achieved locally in 2018 though we qualified for the World Cup. My heart bleeds because I feel this is the time we should be moving forward but we are going backward.
“There is nothing to gain, it is just the innocent ones that are suffering. How many of our children are playing in the league? The administrators have business outside basketball but the players only depend on this game for survival.
“The coaches are also suffering. If its football, the government will not be looking at basketball like this,” he lamented.
Oyedeji played a total of 93 games during 3 seasons in the NBA between 2000 and 2003. He led Nigeria to its first ever AfroBasket trophy in Tunisia in 2015.