By Oluwole Francis
The organizer of the ongoing Mark D Basketball Championships, Mark Igoche has said that stakeholders could not allowed another four years crisis in the Nigeria Basketball Federation ( NBBF).
Igoche said this to Journalists on Saturday at the final Mark the d ball women Championships at the indoor hall of the package B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja
“I don’t think we can survive another four years of crisis in Nigeria Basketball; that will be too bad because they are the custodian of all the sports,” he said.
Igoche was endorsed by Basketball stakeholders as a candidate for the upcoming presidential election of the NBBF.
He affirmed that he will be contesting for the post of the president, saying, ‘I’m going to contest in the election;, the Ministry have to provide a level play ground for me to contest.
“Election should not be something someone wants to hijack by force, I want to believe that they should throw it to people and let the basketball stakeholders decide who should lead them.
“If it is free and fair election whoever wins is okay, because what I am after is the development of basketball in the country,” he said.
Also speaking on the championships, Igoche said the competition had brought a lot of change to the stadium and its environs.
“The championship has impacted on the life of basketball players and everybody, the food sellers and the players, who are also lodged in hotels will also boost their business,” he said .
He said he was satisfied with the quality of the game and that players had a bright future, if they were to remain serious with the sport.
“I am satisfied with the quality of the games I have seen for the past one week. I have been coming here everyday to watch the game and I am tempted to have my own female team.
“The girls are very good and good to watch and with a little push they can make this country proud,” he said.
He announced that the winner of the female championships would receive a prize money of one million Naira, second position N750, 000, while the third would get N500,000.
He noted that the male Championships would kick off on Saturday for the next 12 weeks.