HOme-based basketball players have expressed their feelings about the lingering crisis plaguing the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) as they say their careers are in jeopardy.
It should be noted that since 2017, the federation has been embroiled in a leadership crisis led by two factions led by Engr Musa Kida and Tijani Umar.
Right now, the NBBF is in the throes of another crisis in the 2021 elections.
Speaking to Daily Trust, Gloria Umeh, who plays for Plateau Rocks, said it is the players who will continue to bear the brunt of the leadership struggle between the two factions.
âHonestly, I don’t know much about what’s going on. I only know that the fight between the two elephants falls on the players. The worst are even the players not based in Abuja and Lagos. At least we can play some of the mini competitions organized by individuals.
âFor us, we haven’t played a game for two years now. The two factions are just selfish, no one thinks about the local league and all those who depend on it, âshe said.
Similarly, Nigerian Army Amazons captain Sarah Alhassan said home players are not valued.
She also advised her colleagues to stay out of the politics surrounding the game.
âFirst of all, everything that’s going on provokes me because no matter how much we tell them what will help us, they won’t change. I will advise players to stay out of the politics of everything and form a coalition, âshe said.