Former players with National Basketball Association, NBA Oyedeji Olumide and Mactabene Amachree have called on potential basketball players to maximum begging opportunities in a bid to become future champions.
Olumide who particularly harped on the need to continuously educate and arm school children with relevant sports skills as a way of eliminating unemployment in the society enjoined well to do individuals to partner with Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF to churn out players that will take over from retiring athletes.
Speaking during the end of a basketball grassroots development program put together by NBA in collaboration with Africare, Oyedeji however underscored the significance of such literacy and health-related platform adding “I believe we can have future champions and leaders from all those who have been discovered from this program.
Olumide, currently the captain of Senior Men National team, D’ Tigers observed “It is this kind of initiative that have exposed so many talents. Our country has a lot of potentials when you compare what is obtainable all over the world. The challenge is that enough opportunities have not been created for potentials to be developed.
“The only that is required is encourage from stakeholders so that our Children will be exposed and subsequently poses what it requires to take over from us. Government cannot do it alone. Individuals need to support.
While highlighting how she began and subsequently became the first female Nigerian to feature at WNBA at the peak of her career, Amachree advised the students on the importance of imbibing positive attitude and living style.
Representatives of the program partners Yinka Agboola, Chenfa Dombin, Nolan O’Neal and and NBA Vice President Amadou Gallo explained that the basketball competition tagged forward power which was introduced last year has seen participating schools benefit from reconstruction of their basketball courts, balls, shoes, score boards, kits donation with over 2000 People empowered.
On his part, President of NBBF Tijani Umar represented by board member Mustapha Suleiman assured of their readiness to continuously monitor and potential players till they reach stardom even as he beckoned on sponsors to always identify with the federation in carrying out developmental programmes.
Over 300 students drawn from 10 schools in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT took part at this year’s basketball clinic with the final matches which took place at the indoor sports hall of Abuja National stadium.

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