Ezinne Kalu, a player of D’Tigress, Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, on Thursday said she was not likely to represent the country again.
The D’Tigress point-guard said this via her twitter handle, following FIBA’s pronouncement that Mali would replace Nigeria at the upcoming 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Australia.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kalu, alongside others, secured Nigeria’s place at the World Cup after beating Mali at the qualification stage in Serbia.
But they will now be replaced by their African rivals following Federal Government’s suspension of Nigeria’s basketball from international competitions for two years.
This had come as a result of the ongoing leadership tussle in the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).
Other players have also voiced their frustrations on twitter, blaming Sunday Dare, the Youth and Sports Development Minister, and the NBBF for the ouster from the global showpiece. They described the cause of the action as utter embarrassment to the country and a form of incompetency on the part of the leaders.
NAN reports that FIBA also said it would make known its decisions relating to NBBF’s participation in other international competitions and any potential disciplinary measures in due course.(NAN)