The supposed feat achieved by both male and female national basketball teams at the international stage is indeed not a true reflection of the situation of basketball in Nigeria as players in the domestic scene are crying for help.
One of the aggrieved players, Abdul Yahaya lamented the poor state of basketball in the country, saying Nigerian basketball players have been rendered redundant with no consistent league to play since the lingering leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Basketball Federation began two years ago.
“We do not have a league, that’s why we are all at home. I played for Kano Pillars last two seasons. I don’t know whether to say it is because of the crisis in the basketball Federation the league has not commenced or not. All I know is that there is no league for us to play.
The basketball season starts in February and ends in November and now we are in April and nobody is saying anything. “And because of lack of active league, basketball players are suffering in Nigeria.
A lot of us don’t have jobs now. I have been at home for several months, and worst still is that Kano Pillars has not paid me since then because there is no league,” Yahaya told theajasanews.com
The captain of the FCT contingent at the last National Sports Festival lamented that it is for this reasons that every player in Nigeria basketball want to leave the country to play abroad. “Everybody wants to play outside the country because once you play outside you will have more respect and you will have more money,’ he said.