The chairman, Caretaker Committee, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engr Musa Kida has revealed that the just concluded 2021 Afrobasket was used as a platform to prepare rookies for future competitions.
It will be recalled largely inexperienced players were invited to the senior male national team, D’Tigers to defend the title but failed as they ended their 2021 FIBA AfroBasket campaign on a sour note with a 68-80 loss to lowly-rated Uganda.
Speaking to journalists, Kida said the plan was a developmental move to give the rookies the much-needed experience.
“In 2018, we went to Afrobasket with rookies with the majority of them now drafted into the NBA. We decided to go with a young team to bring players that will be on the world stage in 3,4 years time.
“We invited 4 home-based players discovered during the National Sports Festival and other competitions organised during the year.
“To us, this is a developmental project for them to garner experience for 2024 Olympics in Paris,” he said.