Nigeria avoid FIBA ban, to hold elections Jan 30

The International Basketball Federation has given the Nigeria Basketball Federation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development till January 30, 2022, to conduct elections into the executive board of the federation or risk being sanctioned.

FIBA had in a letter dated November 10 to Musa Ahmadu-Kida and signed by it’s President, Hamane Niang, and Secretary-General, Andreas Zagklis, warned the sports ministry against interference in basketball in the country.

The letter also stated that elections into the board of the federation be conducted on or before November 30 or the nation would find itself facing sanctions.

However, a top FIBA official who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity revealed that the federation is no longer mandated to have the election by November 30 as a reconciliation committee set up by the sports ministry was looking into finding a lasting solution to the federation’s lingering issues.

“FIBA has been informed that there’s a reconciliation committee that’s looking into how the problems in the federation can be solved and a lot of stakeholders are involved in bringing a lasting solution to these issues,” the source told our correspondent.

“The reconciliation committee will conclude its assignment in December. The Ahmadu-Kida-led board and the ministry have written to FIBA to inform them of what is happening and FIBA has replied with the new date.

“FIBA has written to the sports ministry, they copied the Nigeria Olympic Committee and Ahmadu-Kida on this new directive.”

 

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the sports ministry had postponed the NBBF election slated to hold on October 30 in Benin, Edo State over leadership crisis rocking the federation.

The ministry in the place of the caretaker committee led by Ahmadu-Kida set up a task force to run the affairs of the NBBF and the D’Tigers’ FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

The NBBF Secretary-General later wrote a letter to Ahmadu-Kida, asking him to hand over national teams’ kits in his possession.

FIBA in a letter however warned the sports ministry to stay clear of the federation, saying that results from competitions organised while the sports ministry was in charge of the federation would not be recognised.

However, the ministry held the Super 8 playoffs in Abuja, a competition that serves as qualifiers for the 2022 Basketball Africa League.

SOURCE: THE PUNCH

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