Olumide Oyedeji Celebrates 5th Anniversary Of Afrobasketball Title
Nigeria’s most celebrated basketball player, Olumide Oyedeji, has come out boldly to celebrate the fifth year anniversary of Nigeria’s victory at the Afrobasket Championship, as well as his fourth year of retirement from the national team, D’Tigers of Nigeria, after 19 years of meritorious service to the country.
Oyedeji, who is presently the president of the Nigerian Olympian Association and chairman of the Nigeria Basketball Premier League League Management Board, had played professional basketball in 19 different countries of the world after starting off as a player in the prestigious American NBA.
Oyedeji, who is also presently a youth ambassador of NBA Africa, said yesterday in Lagos that, he will never forget 30th of August 2015, the day the Nigerian team he captained won the Afrobasket trophy first time in 50 years, after falling short of the title four times in 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2013.
The former NBA star and proprietor of Nigeria’s Premier League club, Hoops and Read, said, he was proud to finally win the title after nine Afrobasket appearances and coming short four times. But despite all these near misses and failures, the Nigerian team didn’t give up. “I give thumbs up to all my wonderful teammates that made the 2015 victory possible. After the painful loss to Senegal in 2013 and had earlier garnered more experiences and exposure at the London 2012 Olympics, Nigeria’s first Olympic basketball appearance, we were determined to win the next edition of the Afrobasket and wanted to be part of the history of Nigerian Basketball. Great job by all the coaches for their wonderful contributions and sleepless nights.” Oyedeji also appreciated God for giving him the privilege to lead the wonderful players as they served and brought glory to our beloved country.