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Basketball to Experience Revolution in Nigeria Soon, Says Sports Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has described the recent impressive performance of  D’Tigers as an indication  that there would soon be a revolution  in Nigerian basketball  development.

Dare  made this assertion when NBBF President, Musa  Kida paid him  a courtesy visit on Tuesday after  returning  from the just concluded AfroBasket Championship qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda.

According to the Minister, “my position is consistent that beyond football, Nigeria has talents and competences in several other sports and our ascendancy in basketball is no longer stoppable.

“That ascendancy has been proven. We are Africa Champions in both male and female categories. We are headed to the Olympics. It has  never happened before and that shows that beyond football,  basketball has come to stay.

“We are Africa Champions and we are a dominant force in the world . We are happy that our team is in the hands of good administrators and managers.  Beyond the good talents that we have put together, we also need capable hands to manage them.

“These are the people that have set their eyes on a greater glory on the podium performance and am sure many other Nigerians will join the basketball revolution.

“At least under my watch, we hope to have a basketball  revolution that transcends the national team.

“We hope to have effective grassroots penetration of basketball youngsters to start a project that would have a basketball court in at least one senatorial district of the country. This is a commitment that is shared by the NBBF and the Federal Ministry of Sports,” concluded the minister.

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