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Home-based basketball players bemoan lingering crisis in NBBF

Home-based basketball players have weighed in their thoughts on the lingering crisis that has bedeviled the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).

It will be noted that the federation has been battling a leadership crisis between two factions led by Engr Musa Kida and Tijani Umar.

The battle to control the federation went a notch higher when elections couldn’t hold as scheduled, prompting the ministry of youth and sports development to issue a 21-day ultimatum for both factions to resolve contending issues.

In separate chats, Gloria Umeh who plays for Plateau Rocks said it’s the players who will continue to receive the brunt of the leadership tussle between the two factions.

“Honestly, I don’t know much about what is going on. I only know that the two elephants fighting is falling back on the players. The worst is even the players not based in Abuja and Lagos. At least, we get to play some of the mini competitions organized by individuals.

“For us, we have not played any game for two years now. It just doesn’t make sense. Some of us don’t have such time to waste. Will I play forever? The 2 factions are just selfish, nobody is thinking of the local league and all those depending on it. Everybody just wants his own way for his selfish reasons. I pray they think about the players and have a rethink,” she said.

In the same vein, Nigeria Army Amazons captain, Sarah Alhassan opines that home based players are not valued while advising colleagues stay out of the politics surrounding the game.

“First off all, this is provoking me because no matter how much we tell them what will help, they wont change. I will advise players to stay out of the politics of everything and form a coalition. We should play and support whoever calls them to play. Home based players have no value. Until we travel and play for another before they value us,” she stated.

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