After the ban, things may get worst for Nigeria Basketball 

"Nothing much to say, I’m just disappointed that the athletes who put the work in have to suffer over people who want power and control."

After the ban, things may get worst for Nigeria Basketball 

Sports aficionados who thought they have seen the worst with the Federal Government banning NBBF from participating in championships should be ready for the worst as BSN reported on Thursday that national team players have threatened never to represent Nigeria unless the factional leader of NBBF Musa Kida resigns.

According to the report, not fewer than 15 D'Tigers players have sent a jointly-signed petition to the secretariat of the NBBF that they have withdrawn from participating in any future national team competitions.

The players expressed their extreme dissatisfaction with factional NBBF President, Kida saying that the ineptitude exhibited by Kida has led to declining their morale and commitment to play for Nigeria.

The letter which was sent to the secretariat in March 2022 reads, "We, current and former D'Tigers players would like to take this time to express our extreme dissatisfaction with the incumbent NBBF delegation led by Kida.

While it has brought us much joy and pride to represent Nigeria during international competition, it has come to a point where we can no longer, in good conscience, support a federation that does not align with our long-term goals and beliefs.

Moreover, the ineptitude exhibited by the NBBF over the past years has undoubtedly contributed to a decline in morale and sports performance for both the men's and women's national teams. 


In light of the mismanagement issues experienced during the Tokyo Olympics, during the Afrobasket Qualifiers, and within the domestic league, please consider this signed petition as our official declaration that we will not participate in any future national team competitions until the resignation of Kida as the president of the NBBF has been effected.

We thank Kida and his staff for their services, and we look forward to reclaiming our position as the preeminent African basketball nation under the new NBBF administration.

Nigeria basketball legend, Ike Diogu, Chamberlain Oguchi, Ayodeji Akindele, Ekpe Udoh, and Gani Lawal were the players who signed the petition.
Others were, Benjamin Uzoh, Chimezie Metu, Alade Aminu, Michael Umeh, Ekene Ubekwe, Stanley Okoye, Al-Farouq Aminu, Josh Akognon, Ike Nwanu, and Andy Ogidi.


Meanwhile, former D'Tigers captain, Ike Diogu, has said that he was disappointed in the selfish Nigeria basketball leaders who don't consider what the athletes will go through during the two years withdrawal from international tournaments..


The 2017 Afrobasket Most Valuable Player (MVP) said he hopes the government action will open the eyes of basketball leaders to doing the right thing.

He said, "Nothing much to say, I’m just disappointed that the athletes who put the work in have to suffer over people who want power and control.

 "I am disappointed in a lot of people but I hope it opens their eyes that the supposed leaders don’t care about the program., Diogu said.


Diogu was selected 9th overall in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. On December 23, 2005, he recorded a professional career-best 27 points on 13–15 shooting, surpassing his previous best by 12 points. 


Diogu has played with the senior men's Nigeria national basketball team. He has competed at two Summer Olympiads: the 2012 and 2016. He was named MVP of the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament after averaging 22 points, 8.7 rebounds