*Current board is youth development-centred
Board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation(NBBF) led by Engineer Ahmadu Musa Kida has secured sponsorship from the AMK Foundation for the National U-16 Women team which will be competing at the Women Afrobasket U-16 Championship, taking place in Beira, Mozambique from 3rd-12th August, 2017.
According to a statement signed by the NBBF Secretary General Chimezie Asiegbu, the U-16 national team will be sponsored to the African tourney by the AMK Foundation. The sponsorship is coming at the behest of the NBBF President who is also the President of the AMK Foundation.
Speaking in Lagos Tuesday, the Vice President of the NBBF, Mr. Babs Ogunade stated that the Board members are really elated at this development which gives Nigeria and our U-16 Women a big opportunity to participate in the African youth tournament which was uncommon in the past.
Coming just a few days after the inauguration of the Board, it would have been a herculean task to secure a sponsor for the team which would have led to our absence at the event.
While also giving kudos to the Engineer Kida and his Foundation, Mr. Ogunade added that this is an indication that the present NBBF President and the Board places a high premium on youth development.
Female players, drawn mostly from participants at the recently concluded Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball championship reported to Lagos a few days ago handled by Coaches Fubara Onyenabo and Tony Nelson, with Nigerian former international Angela Nzekwe playing the role of chaperon.