Former Team Nigeria captain, Olumide Oyedeji, called on stakeholders in Nigeria basketball to come together and resolve the long-time crisis among the leadership of the sport.
Olumide said until when the leadership crisis is resolved, the game of basketball cannot have a peaceful resolution and support.
Speaking on a local Sports radio 88.9 FM, Oyedeji called on the two factions of the Nigeria Basketball Federation to think about the new beginning for the game to move forward.
Since mid-2017, the administration of Nigeria basketball has been enmeshed in a bitter crisis of leadership. Two factions, one led by Musa Kida, the other by Tijani Umar have held the country’s second-favourite team sport, after football, by the short and curlies.
World governing body FIBA failed to resolve the issue, declaring after more than six months of pussyfooting that the elections of both factions had irregularities.
The federation has been involved in a process of drafting a constitution under which fresh elections will be conducted, with all stakeholders expected to be involved and represented.
“We want a new beginning for Nigeria basketball. We want a new election and a new leader. This is New Year, we want new things for the development of the game,’ Oyedeji added.