By Sam Zanunga, Jalingo.
Head Coach of Taraba State female basketball team Ahmadu Idris believes the state female basketball team has all it takes to be a top team in Nigeria. Speaking to Taravoices in an interview, decried the lack of support the has been facing since its maiden appearance in the league about
three years ago.
It is sorrowful that we have not been getting the needed support from the government that is why we don’t do well in the league. It is only individuals that have been assisting us. We have the facilities to make us better, but when it comes to participation we don’t get a dime
from the government.
According to the former Milo basketball starlet, the game of basketball has a huge fan base in the state stressing the need for government to come in and help.
All that the government needs to do is a little funding, and we will be better for it.
The talents are there and all they need is exposure through competitions. The sport is not as expensive as football, but it is glamorous and can attract commercial interest to the state. He narrated.
Taraba state has been an active participant in the Milo secondary school basketball championship for more than a decade and has produced talented players who have done the state proud both home and abroad.
With the festive season around the corner, it is usually the best time to organise competitions, but with the recession biting hard in the state, the former point guard is still very optimistic that something can still be done.
It is my wish and prayer that those that love the game will come out to support us. We have players who are ready to fly the colours of Taraba but the lack of motivation is hampering them. I just hope that well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations will come to our aid whenever we call on them. We have all it takes to be a top basketball playing state, our major setback is funding.