The Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) has thrown the entry into the senior men’s and women’s team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The camp is open and accessible to all skilled basketball players regardless of where they are based.
Speaking to The Guardian, NBBF Vice President, Babs Ogunade disclosed that the Federation is committed to working with team coaches to raise five-star teams for the Olympic Basketball games.
The most preferred strategy is to ensure the teams get quality preparations and making the teams open to all eligible Nigerians, whether Homegrown and foreign-based, as “Several camps will be opened in different venues for coaches to select the best Nigerian basketball players based within and outside the country for the Olympics”.
“Now, the NBFF is not holding back on inviting more skillful players to join the fold. The target is to ensure the coaches work hard to select the very best players of Nigerian descent based anywhere in the world to represent the country at the Olympics,” Ogunade said.
“Nigeria has to prove a point in Japan and raising formidable squads for the male and female teams would ensure the country comes out successful at the Olympics,” he added.
The NBBF chief also revealed that the Olympic qualifiers was executed by over 45 players and the Federation has decided to throw the entry open to all eligible Nigerians, both home and abroad.
“I will like to inform you that over 45 players were used at different championships to qualify Nigeria for the Olympics.
Asked about the plans for resumption of the Nigerian leagues, Ogunade revealed that the Federation is watching for the ministry of health to lift the embargo placed on sporting activities across the country before lining up a schedule for the basketball leagues adding that “The NBBF cannot make any pronouncement on the possibility of the Zenith Women Basketball League and other basketball activities holding this year.”
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