The Players Representative on the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation NBBF, Mr. Stanely Gumut has commended the impact of Mark D Ball Basketball Championship on domestic basketball players in Nigeria, while thanking the Initiator who doubles as the NBBF President for transforming the game.
Gumut was reacting to the aftermath of the championship on Tuesday in Abuja, said he is proud to watch the brilliant performances from local players at the ongoing FIBA World Cup Qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda.
He paid tributes to the highly venerated Basketball administrator, Mr. Igoche Mark, whose pet project “Mark D Ball” has set a standrd that will be difficult to match in the country’s basketball history.
“The impact of Mark D Ball is now being felt in the continent as at today.I feel so proud watching our domestic players in Kigali at the ongoing FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.This however, is to the credit of the NBBF President, Mr Igoche Mark, who has come to rescue the domestic game from obscurity. Unilike those seeking attention or going to Rwanda for photo op, Mr. Mark is quietly transforming the game, this is the sole reason you remain our President.” Gumut said.
Michael Okiki (Gombe Bulls), Ibe Agu (Customs), Victor Koko and Michael Oriakhi (both from Mo Heat) are among the 12 players invited by the NBBF Secretariat; and are currently participating at the ongoing FIBA Qualifers in Kigali, Rwanda.