Basketball: Junior D'Tigress Decamped
After two weeks of preparations, it is now official that the Junior D’Tigress, Nigeria’s U16 Women Team will not be part of the FIBA Africa U-16 women's championship in Mozambique.
The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Ahmadu Musa-Kida confirmed this development while also stating that the team has been effectively decamped.
The NBBF boss said the move became necessary when it was obvious that the team would not be able to participate at the competition which will start on Friday after the federation could not complete the team’s registration before the deadline by FIBA Africa.
Despite all spirited attempts by the new board to cover up for lost time before their official inauguration, Kida said FIBA Africa decided to kick out Nigeria from the cadet competition citing governing rules.
He said the federation would have loved to keep the 15-man team in camp, but due to the financial status of NBBF, they had no choice but to tell the team to reconvene in another three weeks for a cadet zonal competition in Togo.
Kida assured that all financial entitlements of the players and coaches for the duration of the camping exercise have been paid in full.