Disturbing images of Nigeria’s Men’s Basketball team to the AfroCan is drawing the consternation of basketball fans, with the players claiming they were abandoned by the Nigeria Basketball Federation on arrival from Mali.
Per Femi Adefeso [Kwese Sports/Supersport], GIANT OF AFRICA! This is the treatment given our National Basketball Team who represented 🇳🇬 in Mali. – 3 Day road trip with strangers on board – No accommodation on crossing the 🇳🇬 border Sokoto
HOME BASED NA CRIME?
GIANT OF AFRICA!
This is the treatment given our National Basketball Team who represented 🇳🇬 in Mali.
– 3 Day road trip with strangers on board
– No accommodation on crossing the 🇳🇬 border Sokoto
— Femi Adefeso (@IncredibleFEMI) July 28, 2019
Screen shot chats, supposedly with the home based D’Tigers players revealed the extent of ill-treatment the team feels.
“We are going to Sokoto to go and lodge in an hotel on your own personal bills [sic]”
“Asin players were asked to pay for the hotel funds by ourselves that there is no money [sic]”
“While the female team is in eko hotel lounging, male team in Dominican Republic lounging [sic]”
“We are practically outside”
“No where to sleep”
Nigeria’s AfroCan debut was ended in the quarter-final qualification round and the team failed to pick up a win in all three games played.
The competition itself is for national teams and executed by players based on the continent.
Some basketball fans expressed disappointment at the NBBF for the treatment of the national team players and called for investigation by the government.
This is Wickedness. Don’t even know what more to type. 😢 😢
— ADETOLA ADEOLA FARUK (@adetolafaruk) July 28, 2019
This is a national disgrace. This issue must be investigated
— Keji Olubuade (@kayjiano) July 28, 2019
— Tunde-Akinbode (@akinbode11) July 28, 2019
Shame. Shame. Shame.😢😢😢 https://t.co/dq8FcD3dDT
— Tracy Chapele (@OfficialSuo) July 28, 2019