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L-R: Chairman, Caretaker Committe, Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engr Musa Kida; FCT Minister of State, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani; Sports Minister, Sunday Dare; D'Tigress stars,Nkem Akaraiwe and Musa Murjaratu at the welcome reception held at the VIP Lounge, MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja

New crisis hit NBBF as D’Tigress accuse Kida of injustice

… why we have not paid them money – Ministry

The crisis raging the Nigeria Basketball Federation has taken a new dimension after the victorious D’Tigress accused the outgoing board, led by Engr Musa Kida of injustice as well as non-payment of their allowances and bonuses.

It will be recalled the team recently won their third consecutive FIBA Afrobasket titles and have now threatened to boycott the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The D’Tigress took to twitter to demand the payment of the backlog of their bonuses and allowances, an improved welfare package, and to be honoured by the Nigerian presidency for doing the country proud.

A member of the D’Tigress, Promise Amukamara, faulted the claims by the Kida-led NBBF that the team is not being owed any monies.

She said: “This is far from the truth, last time we checked, our allowances stipends, bonuses, training grants, and donations made by banks for players, officials, and volunteers have still not been paid.

Another player, Ify Ibekwe said the federation and sports ministry owes money which she outlined.

 “We are owed $73,118 by the NBBF, $24,000 by the Ministry for the Tokyo grant, and $100,000 donation from three banks in Nigeria,” she said.

For Ezinne Kalu outrightly accused Kida of never showing concerns about their welfare

“The outgoing president never really shows up in camp and competitions” to boost their morale and when they have significant issues that make him present, “he only provides vague answers like our concerns are not important to him.”

“Musa Kida was not in Cameroon but somehow he showed up in Abuja for pictures and political gains,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has revealed that the D’Tigress are being owed money because the male team, D’Tigers are yet to drop their account numbers.

In a press statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ismaila Abubakar, the ministry had planned to pay both teams at once after their sojourn at the Tokyo Olympics Games.

It will be recalled that the D’Tigress accused the outgoing Nigeria Basketball Federation board led by Engr Musa Kida of injustice as well as non-payment of their allowances and bonuses.

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The D’Tigress took to twitter to demand the payment of the backlog of their bonuses and allowances, an improved welfare package, and to be honoured by the Nigerian presidency for doing the country proud.

“Only the 12 female Team members of D’Tigress have supplied their foreign account numbers. The Ministry waited for the account numbers of the Male Team to be supplied so that the processing of payments can be one off as requested by the CBN,” the statement said.

The ministry further denied its officials shared some monies donated to the men and women basketball teams prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics saying “the $230,000 Dollars donated to the Basketball teams by the Banks under the Adopt-a-Team programme of the Ministry is intact in the Nigeria Basketball Federation’s (NBBF) official domiciliary account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)”.

The statement stated that the ministry has requested the CBN to commence the processing of the payment to the female basketball players immediately while the male will be paid as soon as their account details are supplied.

Similarly, the ministry promised that all outstanding -Olympics and Paralympics Games allowances and bonuses are being processed and only slowed down by funds availability.

“Furthermore, the Ministry of Finance has been fully furnished with details of the outstanding allowances and payments due to the NBBF and NFF and efforts are being made to secure the release,” the statement said.

The FIBA World Cup qualifying tournaments will feature four national teams each, with the top three from each qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2022 to complete the 12-team field for the main event.

D’Tigress will compete against host Australia, USA (Olympics winner), Puerto Rico, Brazil and Canada.

The tournament will also have Serbia, France, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Russia in attendance alongside the top four teams from the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup.

All eyes will be on Australia between September 22 and October 1, 2022, when the World Cup will take centre stage.

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