By Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal
One of the contestants for the office of the president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engineer Musa Kida, has assured that if he is elected into the office, he would ensure that the federation puts in motion a machinery to ensure that the country realises her full potential in 3×3 basketball.
“We do have the potential and the capacity to do it and all that remains really for us is to set the enabling environment for our players to be able to excel and that will be one of our fundamental objectives when elected.”
The Pillar of Basketball in River State, who has demonstrated his consistency and passion for the new format of basketball which was recently introduced by the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA), revealed that the ultimate target would be to compete favourably on the global stage, with home-grown players.
Kida, through the Ahmadu Musa Kida Foundation in 2013 funded the Uyo 3×3 Tour before funding the South South 3×3 Tour (U-18 boys and girls, as well as senior men and women) from 2014 to 2016.
“Recently, a 3×3 team from Abuja emerged as the national champion in the women’s category of the AMK Foundation-sponsored championship. They went on to conquer Africa and book a ticket to Malaysia for the world championship. This has strengthened our resolve that we can be the best.”
Also, Kida assured that, the NBBF under his watch, would exploit the full potentials of home-grown talents for this particular format of the game through a sustainable development plan.
“Equal opportunities would be given to home-grown talents alongside their foreign-based counterparts. We are going to encourage Nigeria-based players first of all, so that we will become proficient in basketball again and qualify for the zonals of the African Cup before we get to the world,” Kida assured.