North-East Zonal Representative on the Musa Kida-led Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF Board Abba Abdulkadir is of the view that the ban on Nigeria’s participation in international basketball is not good for the country. He however said that the move, which was announced by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development lacked professionalism.
AbdulKadir also said the Kida-led NBBF would be heading to the courts to stop the implementation of the controversial order in the interest of the nation.
The representative decried the fact that the ban was coming after the D’Tigress had worked hard to qualify for the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup slated for Sydney in Australia in September. He said the men’s team, D’Tigers, would also lose out on qualification for the 2023 FIBA Men’s World Cup.
He noted that the ban is in violation of Act 9.7 of the FIBA Statutes on third party interference, which in this case is a violation by federal government.
On his part, Musa Kida, the NBBF factional President has also expressed shock and dismay regarding the ban.