As part of efforts to ensure a brilliant outing at next summer’s olympic games in Tokyo, the Nigerian basketball federation has thrown open its camp to all talented basketball players of Nigerian origin.

The camp  is open and accessible to all skilled basketball players regardless of where they ply their trade.

In a chat with The Guardian, the federation’s  Vice President, Mr Babs Ogunade disclosed that the Federation is committed to working with team coaches to raise five-star teams for the Olympic Basketball games.

“The most preferred strategy is to ensure the teams get quality preparations and making the teams open to all eligible Nigerians, whether Homegrown and foreign-based, as Several camps will be opened in different venues for coaches to select the best Nigerian basketball players based within and outside the country for the Olympics”.

“Now, the NBFF is not holding back on inviting more skillful players to join the fold. The target is to ensure the coaches work hard to select the very best players of Nigerian descent based anywhere in the world to represent the country at the Olympics,” Ogunade said.

<img class=”i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer” style=”max-width: 100%; display: block !important;” role=”presentation” src=”data:;base64,” alt=”” aria-hidden=”true” />NBBF Vice President, Babs Ogunade
NBBF Vice President, Babs Ogunade (PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian)

“Nigeria has to prove a point in Japan and raising formidable squads for the male and female teams would ensure the country comes out successful at the Olympics,”

On  plans for resumption of the Nigerian leagues, Ogunade averred that the Federation will await further directives by the nation’s health authorities  before lining up a schedule for the  restart of competitive basketball noting that “The NBBF cannot make any pronouncement on the possibility of the Zenith Women Basketball League and other basketball activities holding this year.”


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