NBBF Premier League: Financial crisis may stop Anambra Flames
Despite being the first basketball team from the South East to qualify for the prestigious Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Premier League, Anambra Flames may not play in the competition later in the year due to financial constraint.
Coach of the team, Ifeanyi Modo, who lamented the plight of the team, said the club will need the support of personalities and corporate entities from the zone to keep the dream of playing in the NBPL alive.
According to him, the recent promotion of the club from Division One to the elite league came at a huge sacrifice for the players, officials and the management crew.
“We’ve some challenges and I really need to let people know, especially people from the South-East and it would be shameful if we fail to participate in the league due to paucity of funds.
“Our Director, Paul Ejike Medos, a retired international player from Anambra State has been trying, being the sole financier of the team which he has fought to bring to the premier league but there is little only one man can do, which is why we need the support of everyone at this time to enable us participate fully in the competition”, he stated.
On plans to fortify the team ahead of the league ,he assured that plans are on to sign new players and improve on their facilities which he hope would be done when the team holds its training and recruitment camp in the South-East to get fresh and talented players that will make the team.
“This is a great opportunity to develop the game of basketball in the South-East and a chance to engage the youths meaningfully and every one of us must come to support the team. Something needs to be done and urgently too if this dream will continue”, he concluded.