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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


The recent impressive performances of the National Basketball team D'Tigers is an indication that there would soon be a revolution in Nigerian Basketball  development, declares Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare. 

Mr. Sunday Dare made this assertion when NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida paid the Minister a courtesy visit on Tuesday after  returning from the just concluded AfroBasket qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda where D'Tigers won all their matches.


According to the Minister, " My position is consistent that beyond football, Nigeria has talents and competences in several other sports and our ascendancy in Basketball is no longer stoppable. 

" That ascendancy has been proven. We are Africa Champions in both male and female, we are headed to the Olympics, it has  never happened before and that shows that beyond football Basketball has come to stay.

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We are Africa Champions and we are a dominant force in the world. We are happy that  our team is in the hands of good administrators and managers. Beyond the good talents that we have put together, we also need capable hands to manage them. These are the people that have set their eyes on a greater glory on the podium performance and am sure many other Nigerians will join the basketball revolution. 

At least under me we hope to have a Basketball revolution that transcends the National team. We hope to have  effective grassroots penetration of Basketball youngsters to start a project that would have a Basketball Court in at least one Senatorial district in the country.


" This is  a commitment that is been shared by the NBBF and the Federal Ministry of Sports. Engineer Kida said Nigerian  ascendance was made possible by good planning, commitment of the players and engagement of one of the best coaches in the NBA.

D’Tigers’ defeated South Sudan, Rwanda and Mali to top Group B of the Afro Basketball qualifier series hosted in Kigali, Rwanda.

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