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Basketball can tackle insurgency, youth restiveness, unemployment in Nigeria – Borno State Basketball Chairman



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Basketball has been highlighted as a veritable tool to curb insurgency in the North East region, youth restiveness and unemployment in Nigeria.

This assertion was made by the North East zone representative on the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Alhaji Abba Kaka.

Kaka who is the Chairman, Borno State Basketball Association made this known while addressing stakeholders at the Annual General Meeting of the association in Maiduguri at the weekend.

“Nigeria has a young population which is a blessing in disguise if well harnessed. This population can channel their energy into sports which will not only solve the problem we face as a nation but turn to a goldmine in boosting the economy.

“The recent nationwide protest by youths across Nigeria is an indication of an urgent need to address youth restiveness if we are to avoid the landmine ahead”, Kaka said

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Earlier, the state basketball association organised a 5 day Clinic to train youths in the North East Zone- Adamawa, Borno, Taraba, Gombe, Yobe and Bauchi by FIBA Badged Referees from Lagos and Abuja.

The Borno state chairman commended his board members, participants and the trainers for a job well done, noting that such training was taking place in the zone for the first time.

While addressing the meeting, he briefed them about the NBBF’s effort in attracting and securing a 150 Million Naira Sponsorship from Total oil E&P for the Men’s Division 1 and 2 while assuring them of Zenith Bank’s continued commitment to the Women’s League.

Kaka commended the Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zuum for hosting the Youth Summit and the introduction of the 25 Year Development Plan with immediate, strategic, medium and long implementation phases targeted at rebuilding the state.

“I must thank his Excellency, Prof Zulum for his vision for a new Borno State, the Borno State Ministry of Sports and the Sports Council for their unflinching support as well as the board of the NBBF for providing the needed leadership for the continued growth of basketball in Nigeria”.

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Nigerian Basketball: Alex Nwora Resigns as D’Tigers Coach



Nigerian Basketball: Alex Nwora Resigns as D'Tigers Coach

Associate Head Coach of Nigeria men basketball team D’Tigers, Alex Nwora has quit his role with the national team.
It was gathered that Nwora sent in his resignation on August 6, 2021 in a letter addressed to the President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, Ahmadu Musa Kida.

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Reasons for Nwora’s resignation coming after the Tokyo 2020 and about a week to the Afrobasket 2021 were not immediately stated.Nwora was engaged by the Nigeria Basketball Federation in 2017 and led the Nigerian national basketball team to the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament winning a silver medal.
He also led Nigeria to the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifier, making the nation the first to pick a spot in the finals in China with three matches outstanding.


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D’Tigress Lose Second Game Against France At Tokyo Games




Nigeria’s Women Basketball National team lost their second game of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics 87-62 to France on Friday morning.

D’Tigress who lost 81-72 to the United States Women National team in their first game could only draw 20-20 in the last quarter of their encounter with the French women.

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The Ottis Hughley-tutored side lost the first three quarters; 18-12, 26-15, 23-15.

Nigeria will face hosts, Japan in the last match of Group B on 2nd August.


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Hon. Olaniyi Daodu: Osun State Handball Will be Great



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By: Oluwabusayo Olowookere

Osun State Handball Association Chairman, Hon. Olaniyi Daodu has promised to take Osun State Handball to greater heights by investing heavily in the game.

Hon. Daodu made this known today when he paid courtesy visit to the Handball team training ground at Osogbo City Stadium.

Hon. Daodu who spoke about the undying passion he has for handball said he was an handball player in his secondary School days. He said he is ready to assist handball players to get to stardom.

” We want people to know that football is not the only money spinning sport that can be invested in. Handball, if properly handled and well funded is an alternative to football”

” I want to assure you, our Handball players that Osun Handball team will always be participating in all handball competitions organized in the country.”

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” All we just need from you players is to always be willing and ready to make the state proud by winning laurels for us because to whom much is given, much is expected. I will always make myself available every Saturday to see your trainings and provide you with your basic needs to enjoy the game.” Said Hon. Daodu.

Hon. Daodu also took time out to talk about the upcoming 5-aside handball competition coming up later this month in Osun State.

” We are hosting a 5-aside handball competition in the state later this month. It is going to be a very big event. I have given directive for the renovation and painting of the handball court to commence immediately.” Concluded Hon. Daodu.

Responding on behalf of all handball players, Seun Oyewale thanked Hon. Daodu for hitting the ground running immediately. He also promised him that the handball team will deliver and make the state proud.

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