Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) stakeholders and statutory delegates pledged their support for Igoche Mark’s ambition for the federation’s top spot.
NBBF chiefs who spoke to LEADERSHIP Sports in Abuja declared their support for Mark’s candidacy, saying his ambition was in the best interests of Nigerian basketball and its practitioners.
Kaduna State Basketball Association President and FIBA Technical Commissioner Pastor Skambo Morrison said Mark is in basketball as a player, developer, entrepreneur and has all it takes to change the fate of Nigerian basketball for the better.
Morrison, a former international and NBBF board member led by Tijjani Umar, also believes Mark’s solid background working with parliamentarians would be an added advantage for basketball in the country.
“IG has revolved around basketball a lot as a player, developer and entrepreneur supporting the game. So it’s not just about passion now, he’s got what it takes to make a difference for it. improvement of Nigerian basketball.
“He has the experience and the solid experience of working with legislators, he fully understands how things work. There is nothing impossible for someone who has managed local things and been involved in engagements. international, ”said Morrison.
In addition, the coach of the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) basketball team and the technical representatives of the elected officials of the NBBF board of directors, said that the technical officials of Nigerian basketball strongly support the ‘Mark ambition.
He said the president of the Mark Mentor Basketball Club Abuja understands the need of technical managers and recognizes people in their own right.
“He is not going to work alone because he knows that technicians must be part of his course. So we are ready to help you to make sure we develop the game.
I believe that since he recognizes others in their own right with what he has as a leader, we will be able to conquer everything. I have been in the game for a long time as a coach and have attended all the championships, be it the world cup, the Olympics, the junior championship and all that, I know that I have acquired the experience and he calls me to come join him, we will make sure things run smoothly, ”said Nnaji.
Mark, an accomplished entrepreneur, had said his concern over the worsening state of Nigerian basketball, caused by the inactivity of the national leagues over the past four years of the NBBF board led by Musa Kida who had just finished had pushed him to join the presidential race of the Federation.
He vowed to unite the Nigerian basketball family should the opportunity arise, saying strength is in numbers.
“The division in the basketball family right now is a lot. The basketball family is now even worse than a political party, which it shouldn’t be. One of the first things I will try to do is unite the family. We don’t need a division. Our strength is in numbers, ”Mark recently told reporters in Abuja.