27th September, 2010
The proprietor of Dodan Warriors Basketball Club of Lagos State, Col. Sam Ahmedu (retd.),Â has slammed Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, for the bodyâ€™s shortcomings at the justÂ concluded DSTV/NBBF Premier League Final-Eight Playoffs.
Ahmedu, whose team lost 74-80 points to Union Bank of Lagos in the third place match,Â saidÂ it took the threats of clubs to pull out of the Playoffs before the NBBF paid theirÂ appearance fees. He also gave the federation a knock for not improving on the prize moneyÂ for the winners.
The former Nigeria international said the NBBF did not also perform up to expectations inÂ the area of allocatingÂ match referees. He accused some members of the league board ofÂ allegedly working against his team.
He, however, showered praises on the sponsors, DSTV and the Local Organising Committee,Â LOC, for packaging the best final-eight to date, adding that the LOC has set a standardÂ that will be very difficult to beat.
â€œKudos to DSTV and the LOC for doing a very good job of organising and hosting the bestÂ final-eightÂ in the history of basketball in this country. I think the next host willÂ need to work extra hard to meet this standard, which to me is a positive development inÂ the game,â€ he noted.
Speaking on his teamâ€™s loss to Union Bank in the only match that went into over time inÂ the Playoffs, Ahmedu disclosed that it would have been an upset if his team had won theÂ game given the fact that Union Bank have more experience players, some of whom areÂ playing for the national team.
He praised his youthful side for finishing fourth despite losing three of their youngÂ players to an American University a few days to the dunking off of the competition.
He said that his team will return stronger next season.