Alhaji Sani Ahmed, head coach of Kano Pillars Basketball Club, has attributed the team’s failure to win a medal in the 2016 FIBA African Championship Competition to poor funding.
He attributed the team’s failure to reach a podium position to inability to have friendly games against local and international opponents. This, he believed, did not allow them the chance to see and fix their shortcomings.
“We didn’t play enough friendly matches, we would have travelled out and within the country to correct one or two mistakes.
“Also, we didn’t have enough fund to get two or more additional players that could have made our team better at the international competition.
The head coach said the team had put measures in place to surmount the challenge as it had reached out to more sponsors for the club.
The team came fourth after losing the third-place game 76-88 to Association Sportive de Sale of Morocco.
“But we started out in 2016 on a good note, we lost only two matches throughout the DSTV League, we didn’t lose any match in the final eight.
“And in the Zone 3 African Championship, we didn’t lose any game.,” he said.
Coach Ahmed commended the efforts of the Nigerian Basketball Association (NBBF). He praised the association for being able to conduct the league inspite of the bare funds available.
On the activities of the game’s regulatory body in the country, the Nigeria Basketball Federation(NBBF), Ahmed commended its efforts to develop basketball in the nation.
“They organized the Division II, Division 1, Dstv and Zenith leagues and I believe it is lack of money that is restricting the federation from doing more.
“Like the DSTV league, we need to be playing a lot of games but the same problem of fund is a hindrance in achieving that,” he noted.
Kano Pillars and Customs of Lagos qualified for the Zone 3 African Championship Cup, in Lome but only Kano Pillars was able to attend the championship.