Abuja court verdict thrills b’ball players, coaches

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Johnny Edward

Players and coaches of clubs in the men’s Premier Basketball League have heaved a sigh of relief after the Federal High Court 3 in Abuja struck out the case stopping the Nigeria Basketball Federation board from organising the league.

The former board of the federation had sought an injunction stopping the league from being organised, but  the case, which had been in court for three years, lacked merit, according to Justice A.I. Chikere, who presided over the case.

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Arthur Ilouno, who played for Dodan Warriors before the league was suspended in 2018, described the ruling as a welcome development.

“Its sad that we had to wait three years for the case to be settled, but I’m happy there’s light at the end of the tunnel,” Ilouno told The PUNCH.

“It has been difficult for the players because most of them have lost passion and form for the game due to the rift. They must strive to get it right this time to ensure we grow the game to the right standard.”

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Rivers Hoopers forward Azubuike Ekuma ,said, “At least there is hope that the league will start this year.

“It has been weird staying at home without playing basketball professionally for three years. I hope the NBBF get everything right this time and avoid another reoccurrence.”

Lateef Erinfolami, who has coached eight clubs in the men’s Premier League, said the verdict was the first step to the development of the game in the country.

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“We are not there yet, though I’m a bit happy that there’s hope that the league will start this year,” Erinfolami told The PUNCH.

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