Some basketball stakeholders have emphasized the importance of grassroots development for the sport in the country, highlighting the significance of identifying and nurturing talents at the grassroots level.
During the unveiling of the Abuja Metro High School Basketball League organized by Mo Basketball Foundation at the Mo Arena in Abuja, stakeholders called for concerted efforts to implement the country's "catch them young" sports policy.
Former international and national basketball player, Samuel Oguche, expressed enthusiasm about the program, emphasizing the positive impact of youth development through grassroots sports programs. He highlighted the importance of investing in youths for the future of Nigeria's basketball and the overall well-being of the country.
Mohammed Shehu, a basketball enthusiast and founder of Mo Basketball Foundation, stated that the goal of the Abuja Metro High School Basketball League was to provide a platform for young boys and girls to pursue a career in basketball without hindering their academic pursuits.
Victor Ochiebi, the Technical Director of the Abuja Metro High School Basketball League, explained that the league, initiated by the Mo Sports Foundation, aimed to encourage grassroots participation in sports, especially at the school level.
Several students expressed their excitement about the league, with participants like Trevor Orji and Daniella Olasanya sharing their dreams and positive experiences with basketball.
In summary, the basketball stakeholders underscored the importance of grassroots development, youth engagement, and the integration of sports and education for a brighter future in Nigerian basketball.