For 13 years, they have been manning the table without refresher courses for update but the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has finally held FIBA statistics training/certification course their statisticians.
The 2-day intensive statistics course and certification was conducted and concluded on Monday by the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) in conjunction with the Engineer Musa Kida led Nigeria Basketball Federation with 74 participants taking part to acquaint themselves with the latest basketball techniques, rules, interpretation and record keeping during live games.
Anchored by FIBA Statistics, Chief Arnaud Sevaux, with relevant video and teaching aids, the participants at the training held at the Indoor Sports Halo of the National Stadium, Lagos, were also taught the application of the latest statistics softwares currently in use by FIBA ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Event coordinator, Abiola Shomala who spoke at the end of the program thanked the leadership of the NBBF for bringing FIBA to Nigeria for the first time in 13 years to train and certify interested Nigerians basketball statisticians.
The move affords certified Nigerians the opportunity of getting nominated for future international events and has been described as the best thing to have happened to basketball in a long time.
“The turnout was wonderful both from the media, old and intending statisticians which we had never had before. It’s been a wonderful experience. We had the online course and tests as well as the written test for all participants.
“Another thing they have done for us is to register all participants on the FIBA platform which will open so many doors of opportunities in future. I will describe this as the gift of the year for Nigerian basketball statisticians.”
Speaking on the next step, Shomala said the training will be taken to the six geo-political zones of the country with the bigger picture of having all the states having qualified and certified statisticians.
Umar Bala, retired player turned coach, lauded the initiative of the NBBF for the initiative, describing it as a great development colong at the right time.
“We need to have a high level of participation in all aspects of basketball. Personally, I feel the biggest concern over the years is how some of our players after retirement find themselves in a log jam and they cannot move on with their lives or transit from a player to the labor market.
“Innovations like this will help to create opportunities where retired players will continue in a particular direction still within the basketball family.”
Meanwhile, the Technical Representative on the NBBF board, Adamu Janlong, has assured that more trainings will be organised for referees, coaches, players, match commissioners and other relevant stakeholders under the new NBBF leadership.
The organisers say results and certificates presentation will be conveyed through the NBBF secretariat to successful candidates in the coming weeks.