Tokyo 2020: NBBF President Clears Air On New Players Representing Nigeria
By Sampson Adedeji
President of Nigeria Basketball Federation ( NBBF) Engr Musa Kida has cleared the air on newly drafted NBA players willing to represent the country at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic games and future competitions, BSNSports.com.ng reports.
Eight players of Nigerian descent currently dominate the 2021 draft class and the federation believes that the D’Tigers Technical crew have enough selection worries in future if things go according to plans.
Kida reiterated that in line with the board’s decision to give all Nigerians the opportunity to represent their fatherland, the door is open to any interested player who wants to suit up for the teams (men and women).
“My sworn sense of fairness for all Nigerians is that we invite the best we can figure at any time. So, yes, they are on our radar and they are in constant talks with the technical team which is really in charge of contact with players.
For us, they are Nigerians, they have proudly waved the Nigerian flag but we also know that to play or not, at the end of the day will be their personal decision”, Kida continued.
Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heats), Udoka Azubuike (Utah Jazz), Isaac Okoro (Cleveland Cavaliers) Onyeka Okongwu (Atlanta Hawks), Zeke Nnaji, Desmond Bane Daniel Oturu and Jordan Nwora all got drafted which added to the ever swelling pool of Nigerians already in the NBA.