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NBBF to revive female basketball league after 2023 elections

The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has promised to resuscitate the women’s basketball league after the forthcoming 2023 general elections. The women’s basketball league, which hitherto…

The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has promised to resuscitate the women’s basketball league after the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

The women’s basketball league, which hitherto had been suspended for the last four years, had left the players uncertain about the future of the league. 

But in an interview with Daily Trust, the NBBF Vice President, Babatunde Ogunade cleared the doubt of uncertainty surrounding the resumption of the league. According to him, the federation has put everything in place to ensure the revival of the female league.

“The female league is going to come up very soon, we are worried about the timing because of the election since there are home and away games and they are playing the games in different centres all over Nigeria.

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“We are mindful of putting the girls in harm’s way because of elections, we have to be very careful also. Yes, they have to play the league but we are worried about security. We have a sponsor anyway,” he said.

Also, speaking with MFM Queens Coach, Mrs. Ochuko Owolabi, expressed eagerness for the return of the female league, saying that the girls have been starved for years.

“What everybody wants is a league for the girls to play, not just a 3-days tournament like what individuals are doing. Now, it is not necessarily about the money, the players are eager, they want to play, so that is just what we are saying,” she said.

Joy Ebiega who played for First Bank in 2019, expressed hope that the league would come back to life, saying the lack of playing time had made many female players rusty.

 

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