RelatedPosts Serbia-based Nigerian basketballer slumps, dies after training NBBF celebrates Nigerian Arizona Women Basketball player of the Decade Pray for Nigeria during Ramadan — NBBF Musa Kida, President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation on Monday in Abuja insisted that the federation was not having any leadership crisis.Speaking after he and some NBBF board members had a meeting with Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Kida said there was only one NBBF president presently.He said: “The Nigeria Basketball Federation has only one president and that is Musa Kida. You can go and confirm that on FIBA website.“It is only the one who gets invited to the FIBA world congress that is the recognised leader of the board.“As a matter of fact, the recognition of Nigeria as the Best Improved Women’s National Team by FIBA was handed to me as NBBF president.“There could be problems of different opinions on how to do things and I acknowledge that there are challenges, but there is no leadership tussle.”Asked where he stood on the purported leadership crisis, Dare told reporters that he was being briefed on the matter and other matters by his team.He said: “It’s just about 32 to 33 days that I assumed office and I am still being briefed by all my directors at the ministry. I am also meeting with the federations.“I met with the NFF on Friday and we had a fruitful discussion and today I have met with the NBBF. We have some housekeeping matters to discuss.“I am going to leave it at that. We are aware of what is happening but above all we have our eyes at the tip of the spear because what is important at this point is the success of our team.“We will discuss every important issue and look for ways to resolve them.” Nigeria moved up 10 places in the recently-released FIBA rankings and Kida said he was not surprised, following the antecedents of the national teams at recent tournaments.He said: “The latest FIBA ranking does not come to me as a surprise. We promised when we came in that we were going to make Nigeria basketball’s best destination in Africa.“Our female team came eighth in the world at the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup, thus becoming the first team from Africa to reach the knock-out stage.” Tags: NBBF
The RTE presenter passed away on Monday evening after a three-year battle against motor neurone disease, having been diagnosed with the fatal neurological disorder in April 2010. Last year he was recognised with a People of the Year Award for his work in highlighting the debilitating disease, while in the course of his sports broadcasting career, he covered a large number of national and international events, including the Cheltenham Festival since 1990. Press Association Although able to cross all sporting codes, Murray will forever be associated with racing and was given an industry award by Horse Racing Ireland in 2010. Murray is survived by his wife, Anne, daughters Kate and Patricia and his sister, Mary. Leading National Hunt jockeys Davy Russell and Barry Geraghty paid their respects to Murray on Twitter. Russell said: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Colm Murray. A true sports fan and gentleman who adored his racing. Thoughts are with his family.” Geraghty said: “Very sad news to hear of RTE sports correspondent Colm Murray’s passing. He was such a nice man and a great supporter of racing and all sports.” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Murray was the voice of Irish racing for many years and he lit up the coverage of racing with his passion and enthusiasm. ”I had the pleasure of being in Colm’s company recently and could see he was a proud Westmeath man who brought out the best in those around him with his affability and gift for storytelling,” he said. ”I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his wife, Ann, and daughters, Patricia and Kate, and sister, Mary. ”He is also a huge loss to all in RTE and my thoughts are with all who had the pleasure of knowing Colm during his lifetime.” Colm Murray, one of Ireland’s best-known racing broadcasters, has died at the age of 61.