Umar said the men’s and women’s national teams would camp in Nigeria ahead of preparations for the 11th All-Africa Games (AAG) and the 2015 Afrobasket for Men and Women.
“We need to bring a level-playing field for both the overseas-based and home-based players to compete for places on the teams ahead of the tournaments,” he said.
Umar said a two-man Task Force would soon travel to the U.S. in respect of this.
He said the task force comprised himself and the Federation’s Vice President, who doubles as the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Mukhtar Khaleh.
“This is to interface with the U.S.-based players and organise friendlies and prospective training tours ahead of the competitions.
“We already have friendly matches and pre-tournament competitions lined up in Europe and in China, but we will also have a training tour in the U.S., even though we will camp in Abuja,
“The task force will leave for the U.S. immediately after the qualification tournament for the 2015 Afrobasket Women in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire on May 30.
“The male national basketball team has always had its camping in the U.S. in the last one decade. It’s about time the players, wherever they are based, come to the country and give the fans an opportunity to get to know and interact with them,” the NBBF president said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the D’Tigress, the female national team, are preparing to battle for qualification to the continental showpieces from May 26 to May 30.
They will be meeting Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana and Liberia in Abidjan.
NAN recalls that the D’Tigers have already qualified for the Afrobasket and All-Africa Games.( NAN)
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