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Run, TJ! Run!!

You took Nigeria Basketball to our first Olympics; that is if you think men are more important than women (the female national team made Olympic debut in Athens 2004).

You won us our first African championship, we waited for a long time; the women had actually won it back-to-back in 2003 and 2005.

You took us back to the Olympics – a rare feat.

You maintained the sponsors for the men and women leagues.

You hired a foreign coach that actually made a difference to the team.

You prepared the male national team better than at any other time in our history.

You got a better apparel deal with PEAK than what we had with NIKE (rumour)

You got the male national team a very financially lucrative friendly match against the powerhouse Team USA.

 

Do Not Run, TJ (two terms are enough)

Politicians are like diapers: they must be changed often and for the same reason – Paul Harvey

Basketball program in Nigeria is dead; not one locally-groomed payer can make the male national team.

The leagues (Zenith and DStv) are comatose; you have been unable to make it healthy.

For a better part of your term in office, our junior national teams did not exist; your supporters say it was a way to clean up age cheating issues, but I disagree.  It was mainly due to a lack of funds and you were never in a position to raise funds for the lesser teams.

In 2011, you were forced to write to parents of the U19 team that missed out on Chile World Championship the reason why the Nigerian team could not go to the championship after spending the entire summer in camp.

Your neglect of the senior female national team; very little attention paid to the ladies until last year.

Something stinks in the story of the U17 girls being refused visas for an international tournament – a scandal unexplained.

How much was the Federation paid for the PEAK deal? How much was the Federation paid for the Nigeria/USA exhibition game on August 1, 2016?

You had the very public feud with a former ardent supporter of yours and the NBBF (not a good thing); he masterminded most of your success both strategically and financially.

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About Patrick Omo-Osagie

Patrick Omo-Osagie is a Sports Consultant; Coach/Teacher; Clinician/Facilitator and Motivational Speaker.

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