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”
The Nigeria Basketball Federation has announced her 2016 Annual Stakeholders Consultative forum for Wednesday 3rd February , 2016 at the National Institute for Sport Auditorium, National Stadium, Package B, Abuja.
According to the statement from the NBBF secretariat, delegates which include Corporate sponsors, Team owners, Club chairmen, Club secretaries as well players, coaches, technical officials and the esteemed media are expected to arrive Abuja on February 2nd as the forum is billed take off at 9am prompt on Wednesday.
All present at the assembly will witness milestone presentations, from first, a top managing consulting group signed to manage and develop the Nigerian Basketball Federation’s digital space, i.e website and social media accounts. As well as, presentations from the Referees and Coaches Associations, both inaugurated and reconstituted respectively after the 2015 consultative forum which had over 150 stakeholders in attendance in Abuja.
The Stakeholders forum will also feature the pre-season seminar for all basketball officials, that is, Referees, Table officials and Technical (match) commissioners. With the 2016 national grading exercise taking place for new officials, and national officials that will be sanctioned to officiate in the 2016 season of the DStv and Zenith Bank Leagues this season, from the 4th to 6th February in Abuja, 9am to 6pm daily.
The statement also read that, the board of Nigeria Basketball Federation led by Mr. Tijjani Umar is extending an open the invitation to all. Team owners, club secretaries, coaches, players, and the media to come assess the highs and lows of Nigerian basketball in the previous 12 months and to project a course for the upcoming calendar year, across all the cadres ( the Senior and Junior national teams; men’s and women’s league; youth and developmental programmes, e.t.c) they remain steadfast in building on the challenges and great exploits of 2015, and launching Nigerian basketball to greater heights in 2016.
All is now set for the jump ball of the 2015 edition of the National Division 1 Men’s basketball championship to be hosted in Port Harcourt by the Royal Hoopers basketball club between November 27 and December 6.
The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF confirmed the hosting of the championship which will decide the promotion of two teams to the DSTV Premier League after a meeting of the technical committee of the NBBF and a representative of the hosts, Royal Hoopers, Ogoh Odaudu, at the federation’s boardroom in the National Stadium Abuja on Tuesday.
Mr Odaudu during the presentation to members of the committee, said the city of Port Harcourt was ready to host the first division teams expected for the 8-day championship.
Odaudu, who doubles as the head coach of the host team Royal Hoopers, and member of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) revealed that they are ready to stage a memorable championship having already constituted a 7-man LOC which has since hit the ground running. He disclosed that the LOC has put in place adequate security arrangements, a functional gym for the competition, standby generator coupled with vibrant host media for a good coverage, as well as other logistics for a good championship.
Confirming that all roads lead to Port Harcourt for this year’s edition that will produce replacements for relegated FCT Rocks and Police Batons, the NBBF, said it was impressed with the preparedness of the hosts.
According to the schedule of events, arrival for teams and officials is Friday November 27,while the on-site interface between the federation’s technical officials and the LOC and inspection of facilities will take place same day at 4pm. The technical meeting and opening game for the 2015 edition are both scheduled for Saturday November 28.
The winners and runners-up will both be promoted to the DStv Premier Basketball League in the 2015/2016 season and will receive plaques and medals for their effort. There will be awards for the Most Valuable player, Best Rebounder and Best Three- point shooter of the tournament.
In a bid to sustain the recent successes recorded by the nation in basketball, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has started re-strategizing with the aim of making major actors and stakeholders, especially the staff of the federation key into the vision of transforming the game to an enviable height.
As a result, the NBBF in conjunction with BVS Professional Services,a multidisciplinary consulting firm based in Lagos, held a two-day brainstorming session in Abuja last Saturday and Sunday with federation members and staff, technical and youth committee member, national team coaches as well as technical officials of the game.
Among those who attended the sessions are coaches Sani Ahmed, Ayinla Johnson, Abdulrahaman Mohammed, Scott Nnaji, Adewunmi Aderemi, Tari Preh, Adeka Daudu, Ogoh Odaudu, Emmanuel Odah as well as president of the Nigerian Basketball Referees Council, Tunde Popoola.
Others are league management committee members Ajibarade Bello, Lawal Garba, Skambo Morrison as well as Obande Ogbole and Gbade Olatona, both statisticians and members of the youth development committee.
The consultants, led by Oluyemi Abaolu-Johnson took the stakeholders through the Strategic Planning Model which reappraised the current Nigerian basketball landscape and administrative structure and arrived at a new frontier with promising outcomes.
Speaking at the session, NBBF president, Tijjani Umar stressed that the NBBF is embarking on capacity building for its staff to make them understand the vision of the board of making Nigerian basketball a reference point in Nigerian sports administration and therefore own and help drive it.
Lead consultant, Abaolu-Johnson stressed that his firm decided to partner with the NBBF because it saw that the federation has a strong leadership which needs an equally committed and resourceful staff to make basketball a strong brand that will attract sponsors to help take the game to the next level.
Basketball’s world governing body, FIBA’s Special Advisor, Lubomir Kotleba whose visit to the NBBF coincided with the strategizing session commended the leadership of the federation, stressing that “I don’t have much to advise you on because you are already doing what I came here to advocate.”
Stressing that the consultants have already spelt out ways to make Nigerian basketball the super brand it could be,he advised that what each stakeholding unit needed to do was to demonstrate commitment in their various areas of specialization.
With Nigerian teams dominating the just concluded, FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers picking all the slots to represent the zone at the FIBA Africa Club champions in Luanda, Angola. The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Mr. Tijjani Umar has praised all the clubs including Nigeria female League champions Dolphins and runners up First Bank, as well as Men champions, Mark Mentors and runners up Kano Pillars for picking all the tickets at the finals from the zone. The NBBF President said
” I congratulate our teams for continuing what has being a fantastic year for Nigerian basketball, it’s good to have all 4 clubs both men and women represent Nigeria, particularly at this time”.
“I must commend the clubs for their effort and i want to admonish them to represent the country with pride and do their best to emulate the national teams this year”.
You will recall that the D’Tigers won their 1st continental crown in Tunisia, this year before claiming Bronze at the 2015 All African Games in Brazzaville, while in the women’s category, the Junior D’Tigress came second at the FIBA Africa U16 championship in Madagascar before the senior girls, the D’Tigress claimed Silver and Bronze at the 2015 All African Games and Afrobasket for Women respectively.
Both Kano Pillars and Mark Mentors will be hoping to make history this year becoming Nigeria’s first continental club champions, while First Bank Basketball club of Lagos have the sights set on ending their 6 year wait for a 3rd continental crown with victories in 2005 and 2009. And the 2015 Nigeria Women’s league champions Dolphins basketball club of lagos also relishing an improved performance in their 2nd straight appearance on the continent and a shot at a first title.
The Women FIBA Africa Club Champions Cup will jumpball in Luanda from November 27th to December 6th, while the Men come to town 4 days after in the Angola, capital city from December 10th to 19th.
The League board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (N.B.B.F) on Saturday released the date for the 2015 Division I and Division II Championships, the feeder leagues for the DStv Premier Basketball League.
The Division I championship which is the 2nd tier of club basketball in Nigeria, annually produces the 2 teams that replaces the 2 relegated teams from the DStv Premier League every year. The tournament is set to hold from the 27th November to 6th December, 2015, while the Division II championship will take place a few days before the Div-1 battle from jumps off, from the 15th -22nd of November,2015.
The league board who are yet to name host of both championships are still considering bids for the Division I championship by cities Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and Port Harcourt, while Enugu and the FC T, Abuja have also shown interest in hosting the Division II championship.
Last season, FCT Rocks and Delta Force gained promotion from Division I having emerged champions of the National Division I championship while the Zamfara Shooters sparked up the indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Abuja to gain promotion to Division I this season by emerging champions of the Division II championship from nowhere.
Twenty Four teams across both championships are expected to battle for the title and a chance to step up their status in Nigerian Club basketball ratings.