The Future of Nigerian Basketball Is Bleak  Ex D’ Tigers Captain ,Olumide Oyedeji Laments




By Abdulgafar Oladimeji


Former Nigeria’s basketball national team captain Olumide Oyedeji has appealed to Nigerian  basketball  stakeholders to desist from playing the ostrich  in order to salvage the popular  game from the looming danger  threatening its  developmental growth in Nigeria.

The one time NBA show boy, Olumide, Friday   in  chat with sports writers at the conference hall of Kano state Sports Commission KSSC  located along Sani Marshal road lamented that the future of young  and  talented Nigerian basketball players were  been shortchanged   on the altar on unpatriotic  interest  vested in certain  quarters.

He said “ we are pretenders, it is either you love the game or you love your pocket. I don’t see why we can not talk about all these things, to be honest we are taking away the name and fame of the youths.

Olumide who summarized the myriad of  problem s confronting basketball development in Nigeria said they are   all embedded in lack of sponsors, , maladministration and  feeble organization.

“ Who is going to invest where there is trouble, what is going on in Nigerian basketball is affecting our youths. Nobody will put his money where there is crisis.” Olumide  lament.

He then appealed to the private sector to  relief government from the unending burden that has pervaded the sports sector, explaining  that, sports without corporate participation will not yield any positive results.






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