The newly elected President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engr Musa Kida, has assured Nigerian basketball enthusiasts and stakeholders that Nigeria Men’s and Women’s Premier Basketball Leagues will soon kickoff.
Speaking to journalists, Kida who was unanimously returned as the NBBF’s president said the symbolic election heralds new dawn with the domestic league at the centre of the board’s plan.
Kida who brought his Midas touch to bear in the last four years with the men and women national teams becoming a dominant force to reckon with at the world stage is determined to replicate the same on the domestic scene.
“My mantra is to make sure that since we have institutionalised in a way, we have to build structures around that to make sure that we are a sustainable entity going forward.”
“One of our biggest tasks is to look at what we have done in the last four years and build upon them with a focus on the domestic scene.”
With no legal distraction on the horizon stopping any of the domestic leagues from being organised, Kida assured that the NBBF board is ready to ensure that the Men and Women leagues are up and running in no time.
“We are hoping that all these stakeholders will come on board so that together we have a very enviable domestic league.”
Reflecting on the electoral process, the newly elected president said, “We are all conscious of the fact that Nigerian basketball history has been made today. Nigerian basketball election into its federation was conducted most democratically with 27 states out of the 36 and the Federal Capital Territory present.”
“The election was done according to the congress’s approved constitution by Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA), Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and fully domiciled with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports. So, this gives the most positive in the history of basketball in Nigeria,” Kida noted.