Basketball Stakeholders at the ongoing Mark D Ball Championships have overwhelmingly endorsed the candidacy of Igoche Mark for the Presidency of the upcoming Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has announced January 31, 2022 for the delayed NBBF Elective Congress to usher in fresh leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation earlier in the week.
And Igoche Mark is the initiator of Mark D Ball Basketball Championship, and until recently was Proprietor of Premier League franchise, Mark Mentors Basketball Club, of Abuja has been urged on to contest for presidency.
The young Sportpreneur has been in the forefront of those championing a progressive change in the administration of Basketball in country, following the dark ending and warring days under outgoing president Musa Kida's board.
In his advocacy, Mark is committing resources towards the resucitaion of the sport domestically, while ensuring that the welfare of the athletes at both local and international level measures up to globally acceptable standards.
A former NBBF Board Member, Ejike Ugboaja who served under Musa Kida, is one of those throwing their weight of support in favour of Igoche Mark, a graduate of Political Science from the University of Abuja, because of his evident leadership qualities, and passion for youth empowerment.
“We have a new face of Basketball and we are trying to do it ourselves now, I'm convinced Igoche Mark among other qualities, is a better team player with a sound mind and listening ear to lead a traumatised federation in dire need of healing".
Ugboaja, who was the players' representative in the last NBBF Board, stressed that, "I am in support of him 100 percent.”
In the same vein, the Proprietor of Hotcoal Sizzlers of Abuja, Ubon Udoh, described the person of Igoche Mark as exceptional, as he notes Mark has given so much to the game, and poised to take the game to every part of the country following the initiation of the Mark D Ball Basketball Championships for men and women.
“Igoche Mark is a giver, a person who sacrifices for the game. He has been doing this for at least 15 years, and doesn’t expect anything back. He just gives, and is always happy seeing youngsters given the platform to grow, and express themselved," Udoh said.
According to Udoh, for the game to grow in Nigeria, the structures and policies must first be right, and those lacking components were inadequaicies Mark looks to resolve and positively influence the fortunes of country's Basketball.
"The honest truth is that we need such person in leadership, not just in Basketball but all sphares of the country,” Udoh concluded.
Another stakeholder, and Chairman of the Kaduna State Basketball Association, Pastor Scambo Morrison pointed out that with the feat achieved by Igoche Mark, the Basketball family in Nigeria needs not to look elsewhere for a leader.
“Without any gainsaying, he is an embodiment of a breathe of fresh air; good innovations, creativity, good ambience and good atmosphere for basketball. What else do we need?” Morrison queried.
A former Basketball player, Umar Abdullahi recanted the track records of other adpiramts, and concluded thst Igoche Mark has all it takes to lead the Nigeria Basketball Federation, going forward.
“Igoche Mark is the best man for the job, I don’t think there is anyone out there that could do it better than him. We have seen what the rest can do; we just need his top notch ideas if we are serious about reshaping the fortunes of Nigeria Basketball.” Abdullahi said.