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NBBF Crisis: solution lies with sports ministry – Ex-board member

A former member of the Board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Alhaji Mustapha Liman has lauded the neutrality of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in the leadership crisis rocking the Basketball Federation, insisting that such position of the sports ministry is the only panacea to resolving the lingering leadership tussle.

Liman told journalists in Abuja on Tuesday that the problem of the NBBF is local and hence local approach should be employed in resolving the issue.

He however accused people he described as “some selfish Nigerians” of using the International Basketball Federations (FIBA) as a pawn in escalating the crisis.

Liman, a former basketball player and coach, admitted that the sport in Nigeria “has been killed” by those who took charge in administering the slam and dunk game five years ago.

He insisted that fresh and young minds should come on board to salvage the game.

According to him, the best thing to do now is for the Ministry to organise a fresh election by using their guidelines as applicable to other federations, and not the “satanic document being brandished by Kids” as a constitution.

“Engr Musa Kida has been on the board of NBBF since 1997, and he is the longest-serving board member, but unfortunately with nothing to show,” Liman complained.

“It is very sad what happened five years ago when the game was hijacked. They killed the league and they started depending on foreign players,” he said.

The former Niger Potter coach also queried why Engr Kida has not settled the allowances and bonuses owed the D’Tigress, despite interventions from the Sports Ministry and the National Assembly following the international embarrassment his action brought to the country.

Reporting by Chinedum Ohanusi; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor