30 young Nigerian basketballers

If the Minister of State for the FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, does not intervene, 30 young Nigerian basketballers may lose their chance at a dream United States college scholarship.

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In April of this year, 15 male and 15 female players were selected to compete in the Phenom Basketball Championship in America.

Over the years, the basketball championship has served as a veritable breeding ground for US colleges to scout for players to whom they offer scholarships to play basketball and attend college in the United States.

Emmanuel Odeh, Head Coach of FCT’s Basketball Team, stated that FCT’s young players were in danger of missing out on the Phenom Basketball Championship this year.

He stated that the FCT Sports Department and the US Embassy have had a relationship since 2005, allowing many children to travel abroad to represent Nigeria.

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Since 2005, nearly 120 successful scholarships have been awarded to FCT students by US schools, colleges, and high schools, according to Odeh.

“Through the program, two of the players who recently helped Nigeria win the women’s Afrobasket championship were discovered.”

“This year, the kids have been in camp for five months, waiting to go on vacation.

“They’ve already missed two travel windows, with only one more available for early next month.”

We’ve been waiting for approval from the ministry, which has been promising but has yet to arrive,” Odeh explained.



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