FIBA, Kwara Basketball Association mourn Okedeyi

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FIBA, Kwara Basketball Association mourn Okedeyi
Aya Khaled with Sara Gamal Elsharnouby and Okedeyi in Egypt

The Kwara Basketball Association has expressed shock at the death of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) referee, Razaq Okedeyi.

The Chairman of the association, Dr Joseph Adeyemo, said in a statement on Friday in Ilorin that the federation and the basketball family in Kwara were taken aback by the death.

“The incident that occurred on Thursday was shocking to all of us. We are very shell-shocked by his sudden death, It’s quite upsetting.

“Razaq was a young chap who always showed an unequivocal devotion to refereeing. We condole with everyone touched by our brother’s death and our sympathies go to his family.

“It is a sad Thursday for the refereeing fraternity and Nigerian basketball; may his soul rest in peace,’’ he said.

Okedeyi, who would have turned 32 in September, complained of a headache on Thursday morning and requested his family to take him to hospital but unfortunately, he breathed his last on the way and was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital.

Okedeyi officiated at the FIBA Africa Women’s Champions Cup last December in Cairo, Egypt where he performed very well for a debutant making it to the big stage of African basketball. It was his first continental assignment where he left a big mark.

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FIBA Referees Supervisor Vitalis Gode, who was in charge of the match officials at the event told FIBA.basketball that, “He was always in a jovial communication mood and showed high-level respect to all. His potential as an international referee was evident in his zeal to learn and acceptance of critique. It is very heartbreaking news.”

His very close friend and fellow Nigerian FIBA international referee Kingsley Ojeaburu expressed absolute shock at the devastating news and told FIBA.basketball that, “I called him earlier this morning and when he did not pick, I decided that I would call him in the afternoon because maybe he was busy.

“We were preparing material for a coaches’ webinar course so that we make a good presentation for them. He was working on one part and I was working on the other. This is a very sad moment. Unbelievable. I am speechless.”

Okedeyi lifts the ball up high in Egypt last December with fellow event referees

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