Federation Boss Charges Coaches On Local Players


President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, (NBBF), Tijjani Umar, has charged coaches of the federation to focus more on building players locally rather than depending on already made players that are based abroad to win trophies.

Umar was reacting to the over dependence of Nigerian coaches on foreign-based players for tourneys at the detriment of the players that ply their trade in the local league.

He hinted that selection of coaches for competitions in the federation will depend on their contribution to the discovery and grooming of talents.

“We have decided that as a federation, part of our criterial in selecting coaches for competitions is the ability of the coaches to identify talented players in the country,” the NBBF president said.

“We are going to create a screening centre at the Savannah and Atlantic Conferences and we will give both the players and coaches the opportunity to tell us what they have been doing. This will determine our choice of players and coaches.”

Umar maintained that the only way to move the game forward in the country is for the coaches to continue to upgrade themselves.

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He noted that it is the responsibility of the coaches to create a road-map that will take the federation to the “promised land.

“We are ready to work with the coaches in executing their projects as long as it will help in the development of the slamming and dunking game in the country.

“Our main objective is to continue to discover budding talents across the country and nurture them to stardom.

“How long are we going to allow other nations to discover and develop our players for us when we can do it by ourselves,” Umar asked.

—Bamidele Olowosagba

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