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Poor Funding Hampers Basketball Dev

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Female basketball players in competition

The Nigeria Basketball
Federation (NBBF) has attributed the challenges facing the sport in the country to the failure of governments to meet their obligations to sports development.
NBBF’s Technical Commissioner, Ajibarede Bello, made the assertion in an interview with newsmen on Saturday, in Asaba, at the ongoing Zenith Bank Female Basketball League.
He said that over the years, basketball in Nigeria had suffered untold hardships due to poor funding and lack of facilities, a situation, he noted, had affected its development.
“It is saddening that governments have failed to meet their obligations to the development of basketball, and other sports which have kept us where we are today in the global sports.
“The development of facilities in the country has been stagnant. Sports development is big business and you cannot achieve success without adequate funding.
“Take for instance, only Dolphins of Port Harcourt among the teams playing in the league have standard training facilities.
“We should not forget that standard facilities are key to sports development,’’ he said.
Bello also lamented the welfare packages for players in the national league, stressing that due to lack of funding, many teams had failed to meet their obligations to players to encourage them.
He observed that many of the players in the league were not placed on salaries, adding that many of them struggled to acquire training kits and other personal effects needed for personal development.
“In terms of players’ development, we are lagging behind because what we have in the league today are just semi-professionals who do not have stable means of livelihood.
“There are no incentives to motivate the players.
“The governments need to step up funding to promote basketball because over the years, Nigeria has remained a basketball powerhouse in Africa.
“Only last year, we were crowned African champions,’’ Bello said.
On the standard of the ongoing tournament, the commissioner said that the federation was impressed with the quality of play, acknowledging the competitiveness of the participating teams.
He said: “The standard of this tournament has been very high because no team is a push over, you can see that everybody is sweating to win.
“We are very impressed with the performances of the teams.’’
Bello, who gave kudos to the Delta Basketball Association for providing the administrative framework for the success of the tournament, also lauded the level of officiating at the tournament.
“As a technical official, I must tell you that officiating at this tournament have been very fair.
“We have no problem with that. We are impressed by the conduct of the officials handling the games,’’ he said.
That in some of the games played on Friday night, First Deep Water beat Oluyole Babes 56-48; Customs defeated AHIP 74-57, while Delta Force beat GT 2000 49-46.

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Iyalo D King Cup: Obidianso FC Emerges Champions

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Obidianso Street FC of Port Harcourt has emerged winners of this year’s edition of Iyalo D King, 4 Aside football tournaments at the Amanakana football Stadium, Diobu, on Sunday, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with journalists, after the finals match, the Chief sponsor of the competition, Victor Fubara, said the tournament was to sustain the existing peace and unity among the youths in Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.
He noted that there were a lot of talents  in the area which needed help, saying that, with the competition a lot of hidden talents has been discovered and they will be  exposed to the world of football. 
“I want to use this competition to change the narrative about the youths of Diobu in Port Harcourt.
I want to tell you that there is peace and unity among the youths in the area.
You can see joy and happiness on the faces of the people watching the game.
My   main purpose of organizing this tournament is to foster the existing peace and unity, also to pass a massage to the outside world that what they think about Diobu is different, “ Fubara stated.
Fubara who is popularly known as Diayo, revealed that he brought  some scouts to select some good players. 
“I personally just want to do it for them,” he said.
He used the medium to call on the Government to support his agenda and programme in terms of youth empowerment in different areas.  
“My message to the youths is to stop violence and embrace peace,” he stated. 
 At the end of the finals, Obidianso Street FC defeated Awgu Street FC 2-1 on penalty shootout after playing goalless draw in regulation time.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Kano Pillars To Pay N5m Fine Over Covid-19 Protocol

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Kano Pillars have been charged for breaching the NPFL Framework and Rules, following the infraction in their Matchday 27 fixture vs Akwa Utd at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna last Sunday.
The Kano club has been charged for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol by admitting and/or permitting spectators and supporters into the venue.
Pillars are also charged for encroachment after their supporters encroached onto the field of play, thereby disrupting the match.
The club is further charged for failing to provide adequate security leading to failure in crowd control and restriction of access by unauthorised persons to restricted areas.
In line with The Nigeria Football Federation directives, Kano Pillars are hereby sanctioned with a fine of N5 million for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol. 
A fine of N2.5 million is also imposed on Kano Pillars for encroachment by their supporters, which led to a discontinuation of the match.
There is also an imposed sanction of a deduction of 3 points, which shall be suspended for the duration of the remainder of the season, subject to good conduct.
The club also faces a venue sanction of being banned from their Kaduna home ground and subsequently moved to another venue if there is a recurring event.
Kano Pillars have been directed to submit a revised security plan within 7 days and ensure they comply strictly with Covid-19 Protocol. All subject to approval by the LMC.
The club, however, has 48 hours from the date of notice to appeal these sanctions.

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Super Falcons Have So Much To Offer – Oshoala

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Asisat Oshoala is proud of Super Falcons’ spirited second-half performance against the Portuguese last Monday.
The African women’s champions came back twice to force the Europeans to a 3-3 draw at their second Group game in the ongoing National 2021 WNT Summer Series at the BBVA Stadium.
Reacting to the result, the Barcelona Femino striker, hailed the fighting spirit and said the team had so much potential.
  I am proud of everyone. We were two goals down and then 3-2 in the 88th minute and we did it. I want to say this is just the beginning.
“We have so much in this team. We don’t even know what we have, people out there kept cheering us when we had the ball because we kept on pushing. That’s the spirit!” she said.
Following the thrilling six-goal match, the Super Falcons will head to Austin yesterday for today’s final match against the United States at the Q2 Stadium as Jamaica and Portugal bid the Summer Series farewell after two games.

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