World basketball body FIBA has replaced Tijjani Umar’s name with that of Musa Ahmadu-Kida as President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation on its website.
Nigerian basketball has been engulfed in leadership crisis following the election in Kano on June 12 as well as the one in Abuja on June 13.
Ahmadu-Kida emerged as president of the Abuja poll supervised by the sports ministry and the Nigeria Olympic Committee, while Umar was declared the winner of the Kano election.
Despite the sports ministry and the NOC’s endorsement of the Abuja election, Umar, who had earlier served as NBBF president for two terms, maintains that he is the authentic leader of the country’s basketball.
However, the latest update on FIBA website is coming just days after the body sent a letter signed by its Secretary-General, Patrick Baumann, to Ahmadu-Kida and Umar that it had not recognised both elections and called on both factions to resolve the crisis internally under the auspices of the NOC.
Also listed alongside Ahmadu-Kida are Babatunde Ogunade (executive vice-president) and Chimezie Asiegbu (Secretary-General).
In an earlier letter, FIBA gave the country till November 30 to resolve the crisis in the NBBF or face sanctions, while a task force would be set up to run the sport.
Last week, FIBA said it would communicate between now and November 30 with “the persons named as board members on June 13 namely Musa Ahmadu-Kida as NBBF president and Babatunde Ogunade as vice-president”.
The world body however maintained that its communication with the Ahmadu-Kida group “shall not be understood as a recognition by FIBA of the management elected on June 13”.
Two e-mails: [email protected] and [email protected] were also displayed on the website as the official correspondence channels of the NBBF.