The disquiet, wranglings and endless court cases that bedeviled the dunking game of basketball in Nigeria seem to have finally reached its end with the recent verdict by the Federal High Court, Abuja, that threw out the case of the Tijani Umar’s led faction of the NBBF.
The verdict by the High Court in favour of Engr. Musa Kida’s led NBBF has been described by many discerning and obviously concerned basketball enthusiasts and stakeholders, as a refreshing breath of air.
It had been a torrid time for the game in Nigeria since 2018, when Olumide Oyedeji led Kwese Premier Basketball League Management Board went to court to stop Musa Kida and his board from organizing the Men’s premier league.
Many genuinely concerned basketball stakeholders expressed relief with the court ruling, which they enthused would allow domestic players compete again and earn a living.
Kayode Shawn Odejimi, a former basketball player and one of the displeased stakeholders of the game was miffed by the actions of the supposedly promoters of the game to stop the league from holding for 3 years for personal and selfish reasons.
” These people claimed to be lovers of the game and yet, held it by the jogular. Men’s league could not hold. Thank God for the relentless efforts of Musa Kida and his NBBF board, corruption and greed almost killed the game in Nigeria.
Let Olumide Oyedeji and his co-travellers stop deceiving Nigerians. They don’t care about the game or the welfare of the domestic players. We know what they are doing and that’s to protect their interests.
” The ploy of Oyedeji and his Kwese Basketball League Management Board is aimed at protecting the millions of dollars they received as sponsorship fee. Let them come out and explain what happened to the sponsorship money.
” We understood that they are supposed to hand over the contract deal and details to the Musa Kida board since 2018. Maybe they would do so now after the Federal High Court in Abuja struck out their case for being baseless and frivolous,” Odejimi quipped.