Basketball: Korean Club Sack Oyedeji

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Captain of Nigeria’s senior basketball team, D’Tigers to the 2011 All Africa Games, Olumide Oyedeji, has been sacked by the Korean Basketball League, KBL, club, Changwon LG Sakers.

P.M Sports gathered that statistically, Oyedeji has been thriving but a lack of quickness in his play has led to his release, the club said to the Korean media.

“Oyedeji did his job, but I’m just sorry for him,” said Changwon LG Sakers coach, Kim Jin.

“We needed a fast and good scorer, so we brought Aaron Haynes.”

The 2.08m tall Oyedeji is the KBL’s leading rebounder with an average of 15.45 per contest.

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At the Afrobasket this summer in Madagascar, where he played for a Nigerian side that won bronze medal, the 30-year-old averaged eight points and 8.1 rebounds.

Puerto Rico’s Peter John Ramos has also been released by Samsung Thunder in the KBL.

The 2.22m Ramos, who was the tallest player in the KBL, averaged 10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds for Puerto Rico at the 2010 FIBA World Championship but missed this year’s FIBA Americas Championship because of an operation to remove a hernia.

There have been reports that the sack of these veterans may not be unconnected with the scrutiny players from abroad face in the KBL, with the league authorities deciding to reduce the number of foreigners teams are allowed to have from two to one.

—Bamidele Olowosagba

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