The Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress have apparently been playing with deep hurt against the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for some time.
Fresh from their historic feat of winning three consecutive FIBA Afriobasket titles, D’Tigress players have now broken their silence, on being owed allowances and bonuses among many other grievances.
In a video posted on microblogging site, Twitter, the ladies outlined the injustices that have been allegedly perpetrated on them by the outgoing board of the NBBF led by Musa Kida.
The Ladies who have vowed to boycott the upcoming World Cup qualifiers have listed the conditions that would make them rescind their threat.
The team has asked for the payment of their backlogs of bonuses and allowances, a Presidential visit to Aso Rock, and an improved welfare package going forward.
The ladies wonder why their historic feat of winning three straight African titles has not warranted being invited to Aso Rock even if it is only for the ceremonial Presidential handshake.
A member of the D’Tigress, Promise Amukamara, faulted the claims by the Kida-led NBBF that the team is not being owed any monies.
She said: “This is far from the truth, last time we checked, our allowances stipends, bonuses, training grants, and donations made by banks for players, officials, and volunteers have still not been paid
Another member of the team, Ify Ibekwe, outlined the monies they are owed.
She said: “We are owed $73,118 by the NBBF, $24,000 by the Ministry for the Tokyo grant, and $100,000 donation from three banks in Nigeria.
For Ezinne Kalu, she stated that since their General and Team Manager resigned, “they are being marginalised”.
She said “the outgoing president never really shows up in camp and competitions to boost their morale and when they have significant issues that make him present, he only provides vague answers like our concerns are not important to him”.
“Musa Kida was not in Cameroon but somehow he showed up in Abuja for pictures and political gains”
D’Tigress also opened up on the many avoidable distractions that led to their poor outing at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Ladies have maintained that unless their grievances are fully attended to, they would be boycotting the World Cup Qualifiers.
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The FIBA World Cup qualifying tournaments will feature four national teams each, with the top three from each qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2022 to complete the 12-team field for the main event.
D’Tigress will compete against Australia- host, USA (Olympics winner), Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Canada.
The tournament will also have Serbia, France, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Russia in attendance alongside the top four teams from the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup.
All eyes will be on Australia between September 22 and October 1, 2022, when the World Cup will take centre stage.