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NBBF applauds government’s gesture towards injured D’Tigress star


The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has thanked the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare for his fatherly intervention towards sourcing  funds for injured D’Tigress player, Nkem Akaraiwe.

The federation described the $15,000 intervention by the Ministry as an early Christmas gift, which is well appreciated by the player, her fans and also the federation.

This is in addition to the $10,000 earlier received from Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, which was facilitated by the minister.

Akaraiwe, who was a member of the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup team that got to the quarterfinals, tore her anterior cruciate ligament while on national duty earlier this year at the Beach Games in Cape Verde and had found it difficult raising funds for the needed surgery.

The NBBF President, Musa Kida said the gesture was a timely intervention and an indication that the Federal Government was responsive to the plight of its athletes. This, he said, would continue to encourage more Nigerians to strive for glory while representing the nation.

“We cannot thank the minister enough for coming through for one of our top basketball players who got injured on national duty. We are really grateful and elated that finally Nkem can go for the surgery, recover on tim


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