Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President, Tijani Umar has justified his recent trip to United States as necessary for the expected smooth preparation of the two national basketball teams, D’Tigers and D’Tigeress, for their international commitments.
Speaking to Extra Time penultimate week, Umar was coy over the main agenda of his consultation, but hinted of meeting with some NBA stars.
“Yes, I was in the US recently which I know the press gave adequate publicity, but it was not for any jamboree. Indeed, I met with some of our players in the NBA for their views on the national teams.
“Let me assert that the visit is much of consultation because the months of the two international competitions really clashed with the international calendar of some league commencements next season which is still 2015. What is vital is having a face-to-face talk on how we can work out modalities. However the final outcome of my visit is not for public hearing,” he said.