Taraba State male basketball team competing at the ongoing National Youth Games (NYG) will give up its 47-17 win over Team Kaduna for fielding an ineligible player, an official has said.
The Assistant Secretary General of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Elijah Adamu, disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the jury convened for the NYG discovered one of the State’s players had competed in a competition of a higher age grade.
According to Adamu, Phimwanala Danladi had competed in the 18th national Sports festival (NSF) held in Lagos in 2012.
“After their match, Team Kaduna filed a protest that one of the Team Taraba players had competed in the NSF and, from our inquiry, we found this to be true. Although, the player is 17 years old from the records of the NSF that we obtained, but one of the rules of this NYG is that a player who had competed in any higher tournament like NSF will not be eligible,” Adamu said.