Officials of Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF and Nigeria Volleyball Federation, NVBF last weekend clashed at the Indoor sports hall, Package B of Abuja National Stadium following struggle for the usage of the facilities.
Only two indoor halls are located within the stadium arena where basketball, Tennis, Handball and volleyball games could take place.
Nigerian Pilot Sports gathered that both the country’s National Volleyball teams preparing for their All Africa Games qualifiers and annual Zenith Female Basketball competition were scheduled for the same venue on the same day. Incidentally, NVBF and NBBF Offices are located opposite each other.
While Basketball event which lasted for 10 days climaxed with DSTV Men Basketball between Mark Mentors and Gombe Bulls taking place in between on Friday, Volleyball Female team stormed the same hall and insisted on carrying out their training, a situation that nearly prevented the remaining female basketball matches from taking place thereafter.
However, a swift intervention of NBBF Secretary Patrick Okeke and other basketball officials salvaged the situation before Volleyball officials asked their players who have already occupied the ground with their equipment to retreat.
Talking about what prompted them to invade the indoor hall, NVBF Technical Director explained: “The issue is that facilities here in the stadium are inadequate. So there is need to improve on the facilities.
“We needed to insist on using here because there is no provision for our volleyball post in the other hall. I even told the basketball people to see if they can use the other place but they told me that they are making People who taking part in the competition who are already use to this hall.
“There is no other problem other than those responsible trying to improve on our facilities. We now have to wait till they finish their matches before we train around 11pm. The other day we have to stay here till 1am.
On his part, NBBF Secretary Mr Okeke thanked their sister federation for their understanding and patience.


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