By DAPO SOTUMINU
After almost one year of deadlock in the leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, a resolution is finally in sight as the FIBA team assigned to ensure a final truce between two factions led by Tijanni Umar and Musa Kida, respectively, are expected to swing into action following their arrival.
The three-man panel appointed by basketball’s world governing body expected arrived Nigeria on Sunday, February 4, for a four day fact-finding mission on the lingering leadership dispute between two factions of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF.
The team is said to be led by Dr Alphonse Bile, FIBA Executive Director, Africa. The team also has Mr Lubomir Kotleba, Special Advisor to FIBA Secretary General and Mr Fode Amara Conde, FIBA Competitions Commission member.
They will discuss with the disputing parties as well as major basketball stakeholders to find a solution to the crisis.
According to the Media Adviser of the Umar faction, Patrick Omorodion, ” the FIBA team is likely to start off it’s assignment with a meeting with top Sports Ministry officials at the beginning of the week before meeting with the factional leaders from the two NBBF elections in Kano on June 12 and in Abuja on June 13, 2017 respectively. Abuja and Lagos may host the meetings. The team will meet first with the Tijjani Umar group on Tuesday February 6 in Abuja and later with the Musa Kida group on Wednesday. The final meeting will be with the leadership of the NOC.”