Nigeria will for the first 10 years host an international basketball competition after winning the hosting bid for the 2017 FIBA Africa Club championship zonal elimination finals. The hosting right of the event which was held in Togo in 2016 was awarded to the Nigeria Basketball Federation by FIBA Africa zone 3 after it met […]
The Players Representative on the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Ejike Ugboaja will meet with all players in the Nigerian Basketball League system on Wednesday and Thursday to fashion a way forward for players and the game. The 2-day meeting which will be the first of its kind between players’ representatives on the board […]
The factional president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijani Umar, has sent a congratulatory message to the officials and players of the national senior women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, for winning the Afrobasket Championship title for the third time at the weekend after earlier victories in 2003 and 2005. Umar, expressed his delight at the commitment […]
D’Tigress team will depart on Wednesday for Bamako for the 2017 Afrobasket tournament at 9:45am aboard an Air Cote d’Ivoire flight. The delegation which will be led by the Vice President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Babatunde Oguande will include 12 registered players, three members of the technical crew led by Sam Vincent and 4 […]
The Nigeria Basketball Federation has assured that the list of D’Tigers’ players to be invited for the 2017 Afrobasket title defense will be released soon ahead of the tournament to be co-hosted by Tunisia and Senegal between 8th and 16th of September, 2017 The Vice President of the federation, Babs Ogunade, said on Sunday that […]
The newly elected Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Board under the leadership of Tijjani Umar wishes to make it known that it has followed due process to the letter in conducting its affairs including the election of 12 June, 2017. The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) is in custody of the NBBF ratified Constitution and the election […]
Team Kogi/Koto Karfe emerged winners of the 9th edition of the Justice Nasir Ajanah Inter-Local Government Area Basketball Championship after beating Team Okene 31-29 at the outdoor court of the Okene Club, in Okene, Kogi State. The winners came from behind after trailing in all the quarters before the Most Valuable Player of the championship, […]
Hoopers point guard, Victor James has commended the Nigeria Basketball Federation for a successful All Star weekend. The 2015/2016 DSTV Basketball All Star weekend took place last Saturday, May 14, 2016 with the Savannah Conference emerging as champions when they defeated the Atlantic Conference 81-77 in a dramatic clash at the Indoor Sports Hall Of […]
The Savannah Conference won their third straight DStv Premier Basketball league All Star game at the weekend inside the indoor hall of the National Stadium, Abuja in a tightly contested match to beat the Atlantic Conference 81 -77 points. In an ebullient display of skills, the Savannah Conference tutored by Sani Ahmed led 31-22 after […]
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has announced that it’s will be starting it’s domestic league season for both Men and Women this weekend of the 18th and 19th of March 2016 respectively.
The men’s DStv Premier Basketball league, which was scheduled to jumpball last weekend will now commence resume today as defending champions Mark Mentors start their title defence against Kada Stars of Kaduna in front of their home fans at the indoor sports hall of the national stadium Abuja. While plateau Peaks host Bauchi Nets and Niger Potters welcome Immigrations to Minna on the Friday fixture. Former triple champions Kano Pillars will host Bauchi Nets in one of 4 fixtures on Sunday in the Savannah Conference at home in Kano.
The Southern Conference also known as the Atlantic Conference will feature just 5 teams of the regular 8 teams this season following the suspension of Lagos Islanders, Lagos Warriors and Union Bank by the NBBF after opting to play in what it described as an illegal league, in the ABL.
The Nigerian Customs team will host newly promoted Royal Hoopers of Port Harcourt in Lagos, while Oluyole Warriors welcome Kwara Falcons in the first of 2 encounters on Friday before playing again on Sunday.
The league is expected to last for 13 weeks with playoffs and finals coming up in June.
The 2015/2016 Zenith Bank Women National League is set to dunk-off next month.
Speaking at the presentation of the 35 million sponsorship cheque to the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), the Group Managing Director, Peter Amangbo expressed the bank’s satisfaction with the growth of the league.
“Today is very important day for us (Zenith Bank) because when we started the sponsorship of league 12 years ago with just 5 clubs, down memory lane, now we have 18 clubs participating in the league, this is very encouraging ” he stated.
He also thanked the media for supporting the Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball league and Zenith bank through the years.
Also speaking, President of NBBF, Tijani Umar revealed that the federation will work hard to ensure that they improve on the league this season.
Speaking further, he thanked the sponsors for their support and believe over the years. Saying that the federation is working hard to not only maintain the standard of the league but to also improve on it’s standard by raising it to an appreciable level.
Umar revealed that 18 million of the 35 million Naira will be shared among the participating clubs.
With the recent commendable the rise in youth basketball programmes in Nigeria, which has directly influenced the success of national U-16 teams and the resurfacing of Nigeria as a powerhouse in Africa.
The ancient city of Ibadan with a rich history of basketball will on Saturday 30th January 2016 be added to the conveyor belt of talent production as one of the former players of the Oluyole Warriors basketball club in the 80’s, Barr. Damola Awosika launches the Hoops Dreams Basketball Academy.
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Mr. Tijjani Umar thanked the initiator of the programme, Barr. Damola Awosika for his proactiveness and drive to build a structure that will sustain youth development and talent discovery in the State and the South West sub-region, adding to the Youth Alive basketball programmes exsisting in Lagos and recently extended to Ekiti State last year.
Mr Umar said “I acknowledge the opening of the Hoops Dreams Academy in Ibadan. I am excited about this and i hope to do everything within my power to support your vision as a federation”.
The Academy which will cater to atleast 200 kids, teaching fundamentals of the game of basketball and supplying equipments to kids from as little as 6-18 years of age, drives to produce the next big stars for Nigeria at the youth level whom will hopefully graduate to the Senior national teams.
Barr. Awosika said the discovery of Nigerian youth sensation Charles Bassey, now making waves in the US, courtesy the Youth Alive Basketball programme in Lagos motivated the Hoops Dreams Academy.
” We have kids everywhere who have talent to play basketball big time, we just have to create opportunities and a structured, sustainable programme to teach them the right basics and monitor their progress.
Damola Awosika who is also one of the directors of the Youth Alive Programme in Lagos, also revealed the lack of developmental programmes in his boyhood home motivated his choice of Ibadan.
“Having been part of the lagos Youth Alive programme and witnessing the results it is producing, I felt Oyo State is almost being left out of the rising tide of youth basketball development programmes in Nigeria. I was motivated to go back and contribute to Ibadan where I grew up and played basketball to the level of representing Oluyole Warriors in the Premier league”