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NBBF holds 2018 stakeholders meeting this week


Musa Kida. PHOTO: FUZE

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As part of efforts to begin a new league season this year, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has finalised plans to meet with all the stakeholders on May 16 in Lagos and May 18 in Abuja, the federation has announced. The meeting, it said, is to deliberate on issues concerning the game.

According to NBBF, the annual stakeholders meeting, which will lead to the 2018 league season, would be used in highlighting gray areas in the sport. A letter sent to all stakeholders by the secretariat of the NBBF states that the meeting for the Atlantic Conference will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, while the NIS Hostel, Package B of the National Stadium will host the conveners in Abuja.

Speaking on the meeting, NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida said, “Our latest decision to meet with stakeholders in groups is as a result of the time frame between when we communicated to them and the time for the meeting. We also thought it wise that for better impact and result oriented interactions with our stakeholders, there was a need to meet in small groups,” he said

He added that in over 30 years experience in the corporate world, better effects and results are achieved if people were related with directly.“In the basketball circle, we are familiar with gathering people in Abuja every year. At the end of the whole event, we all go home the same with many people using the opportunity to just socialize with friends they have not seen in the last one year.

“This time around, we are taking a different approach by dividing the meeting into two groups. Lagos Centre will be for South West, South South and South East zones, while stakeholders from the North Central, North West and North East will converge on Abuja on the 18th,” he said. 

The NBBF boss noted that registration and tip off dates for National Division 1 and 2 leagues, as well as the Zenith Women’s and the Men’s Premier leagues are expected to be announced during the event.

Meanwhile, the NBBF has also announced that the women’s national basketball team, D’Tigress would commence their World Cup campaign against Australia on September 22 at the Arena Santiago Martin San Cristobal De Lafuna, Spain. The NBBF president said the Nigerian girls would be camped in Atlanta Georgia, USA and called on corporate bodies to sponsor the African champions to excel at the world level.   

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