–Faults NBBF on decision to hire another coach
Former National men’s basketball team coach Ayo Bakare has declared that he would never have anything to do with D’Tigers as long as the current board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation led by Tijani Umar remains as the controlling body of the dunking and slamming game in Nigeria.
Bakare who led Nigeria to her first ever Olympic appearance in England said at a press conference held in Lagos yesterday that despite advertising the position of the senior men’s team coaching job ahead of the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo, he would not show any interest as he also faulted the way and manner the board is calling for application from interested coaches.
The dark complexioned basketball Coach who also led the senior national team to the 2003 FIBA Africa Championship in Egypt, is of the opinion that Coach Sani Ahmed of Kano Pillars who helped Nigeria to qualify for the All Africa Games and the FIBA Africa Championship has the qualities needed to lead the team through the two competitions.
“I wish to draw your attention to the fact that more than one year ago, I had formally and publicly withdrawn from any formal role with this current NBBF administration. This included withdrawing from my position as Technical Director and Head Coach of the Tigers as you may recall. Nothing changed since that time. I have ample and well documented evidence that I have always maintained this same position in all my interactions with Mr Umar and the NBBF since that time till date. I still maintain unequivocally today that I will probably never work in any formal role with this current NBBF administration led by Mr Umar”, begins Bakare.
Bakare was also surprised why the NBBF has to throw the job open.
“Please disregard the rumors circulating about me and the advertised Tigers Head Coaching job. I have not and will never apply. In the first place, I am not aware that the Head Coaching job of D’Tigers is open or available. I recall that a coach was appointed only a couple of months ago and as far as I know, he has not failed to achieve any of the objectives entrusted to him, to merit his being replaced. So why is the NBBF throwing open the position of a man they voluntarily appointed only two short months ago, and who has not failed in his assignment? Also, I have not seen any newspaper adverts or such recruitment efforts in the usual media or public places.
“Or do you advertise jobs through media reports of what was discussed at a meeting, or on DStv Facebook posts? And did the so called ‘job advert’ state the job responsibilities, remuneration, tenure of the contract and other pertinent information that would help prospective applicants decide if they want the job? In my opinion, it is just another NBBF drama designed to support an already decided agenda.