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We Will Bring Policies To Develop Basketball – NBBF President

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Newly-elected president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Mr Musa Kida, at the weekend said he would stir the ship of leadership with good policies to develop the game.
Kida emerged the president of the federation following the National sports Federation election  held on June 13 in Abuja.
Kida, in Lagos to familiarise himself with the Lagos office, told newsmen that the new board  was keen on moving the federation forward for the good of the game.
He said at  the federation’s board meeting, grey areas were looked into and focus was on reviving grassroots basketball under his leadership.
“We have just finished a very important meeting with our board members, it is our first and a lot of grey areas have been brought up. Definitely, work will begin immediately.
“We are looking at reviving our grassroots basketball which is the major area of our focus because of the future of our players and the development of the game.
“We will meet with the sponsors of the women and men league and familiarise with them, most especially to assess the contracts and possibly how to improve them.
“We want successful results and for this, we have to create that amiable environment for the game to thrive most especially welcoming private participation.
“The future of our players representing us at the international scene is also of great importance to us and most especially developing the local league players to international standard.
“We assure  Nigerians that our tenure is for the good and development of the game where good leadership is key to the success story,’’’ he said.
On  the issue of a splinter group claiming rights to the leadership of the NBBF, Kida said that they (other group) had no basis for their position.
“There  was a free and fair election that brought us to power which had the recognition of the Nigeria Olympic committee and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

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Amapakabo Confident To Move Abia Warriors Up

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Abia Warriors head coach, Imama Amakapabo has stated that if things go the right way with the right resources, he will deliver as expected.
In a chat with Tidesports source, he expressed confidence in his aspirations to the club but warned that it won’t be accomplished without hardwork and also the twin’ idealism between himself and the management.
“Everybody dreams, it would be folly of myself and the management if we have this pact and we don’t aspire, but a lot of work had to be done and let’s not forget that this team had been able to sustain herself and they are one of those teams that have not gone to relegation after coming to the apex league.
However, they have been a mid-table team but with the harmony and unification of working with the management, we will be able to go to the top,” he said.
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Administrator Explains How To Achieve Women’s CAFCL

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Women Football Administrator and Chairman of Nigeria Women Premier league side Adamawa Queens, Emmanuel Zira, has advised the Confederation of Africa Football on how best to actualize the inaugural edition of the Africa women champions’ league.
Zira speaking in a chat with Tidesports source said the ratification of the Africa women champions league comes with its attendant challenges which will put CAF in a difficult position to navigate without clear sponsorship of the competition.
He added that CAF would have to come up with a competition format that is suitable in the light of the economic realities on ground and financially viable.
“They have to develop a format that is suitable. And that is financially viable. It’s a welcome development but CAF also needs to refine, they need to fine-tune the women’s champions’ league, it cannot be the same with the men’s champions league because of the cost implication, sponsorship implication and because of public awareness,” Zira said.
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Kano Pillars Target Continental Glory

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Kano Pillars’s boss Ibrahim Musa has revealed ahead of next season that he intends to do well and make a statement on the continent when hostilities get underway.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Musa said beyond the target of winning the Premier League in Nigeria which he had earlier declared after renewing his contract with the Kano- based side is the target of at least a spot in the group stage of the CAF Confederation cup next season with the club failing on a number of occasions to go beyond the pre-group stage qualifiers.
He said: “You know last time I won the Aiteo cup and came second in the NPFL so this time around I am not looking less especially in this CAF Confederation cup because it has been long for Kano Pillars to do well in the CAF Confederation cup.
“So it’s high time to see we do well. My first target is to see Kano Pillars get to the group stage first. After the group stage, then we are looking for the cup.”
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