Tuesday, 1 August 2017

I Want Nigerian Basketball To Be Like NBA - New President of the Nigerian Basketball Federation

Ahmadu Musa Kida, newly elected President of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, envisions the day Nigerian basketball players will be able to afford the superstar lifestyle of their American NBA counterparts and is devoting his term to a realization of that dream. 

The man popularly called AMK in basketball circles outlined his plans for the growth of the game beginning with a homegrown policy to develop local talents. 
My dream for Nigeria basketball during my tenure is for me to have the pleasure to see a basketball player who is based in Nigeria and plays in Nigeria, coming to a practice session in his owned S-Class Mercedes Benz, coming from a home he bought and sending his kids to school all from the worth of the sweat of his talent as a paid basketball player. Of course this extends to the whole value chain including the coaches, referees, technical bench and sponsors deriving more benefits than what they put in. Our mindset is what must change immediately. It's not about me versus you, but it's about allowing the game of basketball to be played all over the country which must be the focus. We need to improve how the national leagues are structured, and evolve initiatives that will keep our players busy all round the year.”
Until his election to the NBBF presidency, Kida was the chairman Rivers State Basketball Association, South-South Zonal Representative and the Secretary General of Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) AFRICA Zone III.

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