May 21, 2024

Benue State- Gboko City Chiefs, a basketball outfit based in the north central part of Nigeria, gets management overhaul.

The Benue based hoop franchise in a recent post released on their social media handles confirm sale of the basketball outfit.

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Gboko City Chiefs basketball franchise is a brain child of Fanen Iornem who also doubles as 9Ja Hoops chief executive officer.

Part of the statement also reads that the sale of the franchise would bring the required face lift and also set a standard in the Nigerian basketball ecosystem, attracting international attention in the process.

The new owner – U.S. Texas based business mogul Mr Orseer Ikyaator who is no stranger to Nigerian basketball himself, has promised to revamp the franchise in all ramifications.

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Remuneration, welfare, insurance scheme and improved structural organisation are part of the revitalisation features promised by the new ownership.

Fun Fact: Mr Orseer started his playing career in Nigeria as captain of the junior national team. He also featured for Mark Mentors, Niger Potters, Ebun Comets, Kada Stars, Lagos Islanders and Dodan Warriors.

Mr Orseer is armed with vast indigenous experience, as well as entrepreneurial knowledge and just the right exposure to do needful.

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Raising the bar to international basketball best practices, while leveraging on the past success the team has enjoyed over the years.

These he said would enable the team to compete on an elite level by featuring in NBBF programs, private competitions both on the local and international scene.

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With the necessary paper work, approval and change of ownership done, City Chiefs are poised for giant strides in the coming month.

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This new development is seen by many as a positive step in the right direction. A bit new of some sorts, but a much welcomed development for the Naija hoops culture.

We sincerely hope that alot of stakeholders both home and abroad take a cue from this and do the needful.

Collectively we can change the basketball narrative in Nigeria.

Image Credit: Yusuf Y’ten Ma’aji, Gboko City Chiefs(Facebook)


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