The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and DStv, sponsors of the men’s Dstv Premier Basketball League have announced the payment of all prizes to players who participated in the All-Stars game decided in Lagos September last year.
According to a top official of the federation, the prize money was paid into the GTB Savings Account of the All-Stars Atlantic Coach, Ogoh Odaudu while that for winners in the Savannah Conference was paid into the Unity Bank account of the coach, Sani Ahmed.
The total prize money, the federation stated, amounted to N1,886, 330 out of which N1 million went to the Atlantic All-Stars team while the Savannah Conference team got N500,000. The MVP got N250,000 while the rest went into other sundry payments including transport allowances.
In a statement released yesterday, the NBBF/DStv said that the delay in the payment was regrettable but was not done on purpose, stressing that the delay was caused by a hitch in the paper works with DStv and partly by some of the players who submitted air ticket stubs that had discrepancies which needed to be sorted out
“We have no doubt that DStv is determined to help basketball grow in Nigeria and therefore should be supported in achieving this goal,” the NBBF stated, adding that players should always see dialogue as the best option at resolving issues rather than going to the press.
On the issue of payment of musicians who entertained at the event, the NBBF disclosed that it was not responsible for their payment as insinuated in some quarters as it promised that plans have been concluded for a hitch free Pre-season jump-ball on February 28 and season’s opener on March 7.
Source: This Day