The Nigeria Basketball Federation has identified the development of basketball in secondary schools as a key factor for the growth of the game in Nigeria.
This position was taken during its last board meeting held recently where it was noted that without a solid foundation where talents can be discovered and groomed, all the recent achievements of the men and women national teams will not be sustainable.
With the successes recorded last season in the Total Division 2 league where over 200 teams participated at the state level, the federation believes the same energy can be channeled into basketball development in schools.
According to NBBF President Engr. Musa Kida, the Total Division 2 league format can be replicated for underage competitions.
“It shows that we can even go lower and talk about secondary school sports and underage competitions”.
He said partnering with the various state basketball associations to take basketball to the grassroots and secondary schools is a project that the federation must pursue vigorously.
“We are going to emphasis on the U-16, U-12 and the youths that need revival, knowing fully well that the successes we had in Division 2 last year is a good signal from the federation and by the state associations.”