Association chairman says Plateau lacks resources to retain basketball players




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JOS – Mr Sam Damla, , Basketball Association (PBA), on Sunday said state bred quality basketball players but lacked resources retain them.

Damla made assertion when spoke on development of game and players in the state in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jos.

He said had been a training ground for players who later leave other states for better .

“Most of players are making waves in other clubs started here and the reason cannot be farfetched; they are looking for greener pastures.

“This boils down the issue of proper funding, they are looking for where they are well paid as professionals.

“They are not well paid here may be because of the lean resources of the ,’’ he said.

The association’s called for private sponsorship of basketball by companies and privileged individuals as alone could not handle sports sponsorship.

He said that basketball was the most popular game after in the state.

According to him, the game is bedevilled with a lot of challenges both technically and shortage of hard wares.

“Generally, there are a lot of problems associated with the sport, lack of private sponsorship and lack of commitment sometimes by the ,’’ he said.

Damla, however, said the state had made significant progress in the game by grooming quality players and winning laurels through its , Peaks.

The said that basketball was being developed at the grassroots, noting that there were basketball teams in almost all primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.

He basketball lovers in the state to always make out time to watch Plateau Peaks which plays in the highest level of basketball in the country.

He said that doing so would cheer the players and enable them to put in best and win laurels at national competitions. (NAN)