NBBF crisis: FIBA extends deadline
Tunde Popoola, the Secretary-General of Nigeria Olympic Committee, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that the NOC had been able to secure an extension from November 30
World basketball governing body FIBA has extended the deadline it set for the Nigeria Basketball Federation to resolve its leadership tussle until February 28.
Tunde Popoola, the Secretary-General of Nigeria Olympic Committee, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that the NOC had been able to secure an extension from November 30.
FIBA had in July asked the NOC to resolve the NBBF crisis which began after parallel elections in Abuja and Kano, which produced Musa Kida and Tijjani Umar as presidents.
However, after reconciliation efforts between then and November, Kida has been insisting on holding on to his mandate, while the immediate-past president Umar says a fresh election is acceptable to him.
NAN also reports that this had led the NOC to write to FIBA to seek an extension of the deadline.
Popoola said: “As of now a decision was taken actually, which will be made available to the press very shortly.
“But I think the issue is that we have moved the whole thing to February 28.”
He also revealed that FIBA officials were expected to arrive in the country shortly, though there was no fixed date yet for their arrival.
Popoola said: “FIBA officials will come here between now and February 28 and together we will look at the issue before taking a final decision on February 28.
“However, the whole issue is not about FIBA. What we are saying, and our emphasis, is that after now nothing like this must happen in basketball again.
“It’s been a long run-out of events since the crisis began. So, we want to resolve this issue once and for all. That’s it.”