Nigeria’s Col. Sam Ahmedu (retd.) has been given a fresh four-year mandate by the General Assembly of FIBA Africa Zone 3 comprising Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.
At the elective general assembly held at the Sheraton Hotel in Bamako, Mali on Friday, Ahmedu was elected after being presented as the only candidate for the position.
The election, which was conducted by the new FIBA Africa president, Anibal Manave, was certified free and fair by the continental basketball body.
Manave, while commending the re-elected president of Zone 3, expressed happiness at the high-level performance of the zone, but charged Ahmedu to do more for youth development and women’s basketball.
Ahmedu in his acceptance speech thanked the national federations present for the confidence of re-electing him as president of the Zone and promised to pay attention to the request of Manave and bring the Zone to a higher level that would see it as the best in FIBA Africa.
“It’s my pleasure to accept your confidence to serve for another term of office as president from 2019 to 2023. Your mandate is not because I’m the best from the stock of FIBA Africa Zone 3 but I’m glad for the confidence you have given me to continue in office as we work to achieve greater goals. We will work together to make our Zone the best in FIBA Africa,” Ahmedu said.
Nigeria was represented at the election by the Nigeria Basketball Federation vice president, Babs Ogunade.