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Buhari Bans NBBF From All International Events

For the next two years, the Nigerian government has barred all national basketball teams from competing in international events, including the D’Tigers and D’Tigress.

According to the government, this is a means to stop the Nigeria Basketball Federation’s (NBBF) unending crisis and help create a better environment for the sport to thrive in the country.

According to a circular obtained by Ripples Nigeria from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of the withdrawal and had approved it with immediate effect.

On Thursday in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ismaila Abubakar, declared this on behalf of the Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare.

The federal government’s choice became critical after two parallel national federation board elections were held in 2017 (in Kano and Abuja) and 2022 (in Benin and Abuja), resulting in the formation of two governing bodies.

Despite the fact that the Musa Kida-led board has been legally recognized by FIBA, the Nigerian government has chosen to follow this path.

The judgment implies that the D’Tigress, a Nigerian women’s team that had already qualified for this year’s World Cup in Australia, which was scheduled to take place from September to October, will be unable to compete.

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The D’Tigers may also be absent from the 19th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines in 2023.

“Following the unending crisis which has plagued and nearly crippled the development of basketball in Nigeria, President Buhari has approved the withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for a period of two years. This is with immediate effect,” the circular read.

“This will also allow for the setting up of an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to oversee the management and development of the domestic basketball leagues in Nigeria.

“In issuing the order, the Federal Government reiterates its interest and commitment to the development of the sport of basketball in Nigeria as well as huge talents of our youth domestically in an atmosphere free of rancour and squabbles.

“Government therefore calls on players, officials, fans and other stakeholders of the sport to remain calm as it embarks on far-reaching initiatives to reposition, sustain and stabilise the game of basketball.

“This will aid in the growth and success of the sport in the long-term interest of the country.”

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For the next two years, the Nigerian government has barred all national basketball teams from competing in international events, including the D’Tigers and D’Tigress.

According to the government, this is a means to stop the Nigeria Basketball Federation’s (NBBF) unending crisis and help create a better environment for the sport to thrive in the country.

According to a circular obtained by Ripples Nigeria from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of the withdrawal and had approved it with immediate effect.

On Thursday in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ismaila Abubakar, declared this on behalf of the Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare.

The federal government’s choice became critical after two parallel national federation board elections were held in 2017 (in Kano and Abuja) and 2022 (in Benin and Abuja), resulting in the formation of two governing bodies.

Despite the fact that the Musa Kida-led board has been legally recognized by FIBA, the Nigerian government has chosen to follow this path.

The judgment implies that the D’Tigress, a Nigerian women’s team that had already qualified for this year’s World Cup in Australia, which was scheduled to take place from September to October, will be unable to compete.

READ MORE: Osimhen Hopes To Stay At Napoli Despite Transfer Speculations

The D’Tigers may also be absent from the 19th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines in 2023.

“Following the unending crisis which has plagued and nearly crippled the development of basketball in Nigeria, President Buhari has approved the withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for a period of two years. This is with immediate effect,” the circular read.

“This will also allow for the setting up of an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to oversee the management and development of the domestic basketball leagues in Nigeria.

“In issuing the order, the Federal Government reiterates its interest and commitment to the development of the sport of basketball in Nigeria as well as huge talents of our youth domestically in an atmosphere free of rancour and squabbles.

“Government therefore calls on players, officials, fans and other stakeholders of the sport to remain calm as it embarks on far-reaching initiatives to reposition, sustain and stabilise the game of basketball.

“This will aid in the growth and success of the sport in the long-term interest of the country.”

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