D’Tigress not playing for factionalised basketball federation

Adaora Elonu, the captain of the D'Tigress

Adaora Elonu, the captain of the D’Tigress, says the women’s national basketball team never insisted on playing under a particular president of the factionalized Nigeria Basketball Federation.

She said this in response to the Federal Government’s two-year ban on international basketball tournaments, saying the measure could have “disastrous” ramifications for the sport.

“We do not agree to the ban, we did not expect this, we did not see this coming. We recently qualified for the World Cup in February. It took a lot of efforts from so many different people, not just the players, the staff, everyone that helps us prepare,” Elonu said.

“The Nigerian women’s basketball team never said we would not play under any president. It’s a little disappointing for us because that’s not a narrative that we created. We’re pretty open about what we feel, and we never said anything to that extent.

“We want the ban to be reversed, we want to be able to play, we want Nigeria basketball to remain a strong contender in the world,” Elonu said.

“We’re not only strong in Africa, we’re strong globally, so, to take that away, even for two years, which could possibly be more, could be very disastrous for us as a nation.”

On the resolution of the crisis that has rocked the NBBF for over a decade, Elonu added, “We think there are different ways the situation can be handled while allowing for the development in the local league, grassroots, as well as international competitions.

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